Cancel those reservations for the Clevelander at Marlins Park.
After a number of reports linked Alex Rodriguez with the Miami Marlins, the former Yankee released a statement.
“I want to put all this talk to rest about Alex playing for any team this season,” said Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez’s spokesman, on Monday. “It’s not happening. Like he said Friday night, he is happy and he is going to take some time to relax and hang with his family and friends.”
Reporter from Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and ESPN’s Jim Bowden linked A-Rod with Miami and the Marlins were seriously considering signing the 41 year-old to play first base, due to injuries to Justin Bour and Giancarlo Stanton.
Instead Rodriguez will take the next 45 days to spend time with his family before taking up Hal Steinbrenner’s offer of being a special instructor with the Yankees.
If he signed with the Marlins, A-Rod would have had to play first base, a position he doesn’t have tremendous experience with, while getting used to the National League, where he never played.
A-Rod remains four homers short of 700.