The Miami Marlins are "probably a longshot" to sign Alex Rodriguez after the New York Yankees release him after Friday's game, according to Jon Heyman.
The Marlins, who lead the second wild card spot by half a game, have had internal discussions on whether to sign Rodriguez, who will be unconditionally released from his Yankees player contract after Friday and will return to his home in Miami for the remainder of the year, but according to Heyman, have not shown any evidence they will try to sign him.
Miami's interest largely depends on the health of first baseman Justin Bour, who has been out since July 6 with a sprained ankle, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Heyman says if the Marlins were to try to sign Rodriguez, it wouldn't be until rosters expand on Sept. 1.
Rodriguez, who will become a special adviser to the Yankees next season, is free to sign with any team and has said he still feels like he can play. Any other team that signs him would pay the league minimum.
Rodriguez, 41, his hitting .199 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 64 games this season. In his 22-year career, he has a .295 average, 696 home runs (fourth all-time), 2,085 RBIs (third all-time) and 3,114 hits.