Rodriguez does not intend to play for another team this season, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. There had been speculation that Rodriguez was drawing interest from a few teams, but it doesn't appear that any of the talk will come to fruition in the 2016 campaign. However, he's yet to say whether or not he'll return next season. Before being released by the Yankees, Rodriguez owned a .200/.247/.351 line for the year.
Rodriguez is drawing interest from the Marlins, MLB.com reports. "We're putting our list together of options. [Rodriguez] is available, so he will be on that list," Marlins manager Don Mattingly told reporters. "We'll see where that goes." Many expected Rodriguez's career to be over following his release from the Yankees, but Rodriguez was evasive when confronted by reporters about if he had plans to retire. The Marlins have a need for offense after Giancarlo Stanton's injury, and Rodriguez may be the best available at this point, so there is at least some logic to the idea.
Rodriguez was officially released by the Yankees on Saturday and he will assume an advisory role within the organization. Saturday night's game was Rodriguez's last with the Yankees, and likely his last as a professional. He will remain in the organization, as they still owe him around $25 million, but after the 2017 season, he will be free to do something else. Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin were recalled from Triple-A on Saturday as the Yankees continue the youth movement, and prospect Gary Sanchez figures to see the bulk of the playing time at DH going forward.
Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with an RBI double during Friday's 6-3 win over the Rays. In what's expected to be the final game of his MLB career, Rodriguez was able to at least end a tumultuous season on a relative high note, as the two-bagger marked his first extra-base hit since June 5. Though Rodriguez had previously served as the designated hitter throughout this season, manager Joe Girardi allowed the three-time MVP to come out for the ninth inning at third base, the position he had manned for much of his 13-year tenure with the Yankees. Rodriguez is expected to be formally released by the Yankees on Saturday as the team aims to clear up a roster spot for one of their top prospects in Aaron Judge, but the 41-year-old will still stick around with the organization in an advisory capacity through the end of 2017.
Rodriguez is in the DH spot and batting third Friday against the Rays, Meredith Marakovits the YES Network reports. Rodriguez will go up against the right-handed Chris Archer in what's expected to be his final game with the Yankees, and possibly his career. Rodriguez, who's hitting just .199/.247/.348, is 2-for-15 in his career against Archer. However, both of said hits were home runs.
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