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Sorry, Marlins, Alex Rodriguez says he’s done

Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes A-Rod staying home, Hunter Pence’s ridiculous catch, and Coco Crisp’s concern about the A’s.

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

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The Marlins lost Giancarlo Stanton, and Justin Bour was already on the disabled list. So, they considered bringing in Alex Rodriguez after the Yankees released him, maybe hoping a change of scenery and a playoff chase would rejuvenate him. That, or Jeffrey Loria wanted A-Rod whether it made sense or not just because he’s fixated on the idea of him, and, well, that’s how the Marlins sometimes do things. Regardless of the why or the actual interest level, the Marlins won’t be signing A-Rod, as his publicist told the world that Rodriguez is staying home.

It’s not that much of a shame for Miami, considering A-Rod was forced out by the Yankees due to a total collapse of his abilities at 41. Still, healthy and capable bodies aren’t easy to come by this time of year, and that’s how they might have ended up thinking about A-Rod in the first place — just in case there was something left there. The Marlins do still have internal options, at least, so it’s not all bad, and they are currently tied for a wild card spot.

It’s also for the best for A-Rod, who had a decent enough start to the year outside of his batting average — his OPS was .705 on June 5 — but then saw everything else slip by the time mid-August rolled around. Maybe there’s something left. There very likely is not, though, not when he just went through a stretch of too many strikeouts with too few walk and not enough power. Those were the swings and decisions of desperation and just trying to hang on, and while the Yankees might have forced him out earlier than his contract stated, it still beats another 6-7 weeks of futility dragging down the very end of his career.