A-Rod return in 2016 ‘not happening,’ rep says

Alex Rodriguez‘s publicist ended speculation that the former New York Yankees slugger might play for another team this season, saying “it’s not happening.”

Ron Berkowitz issued a statement Monday afternoon, two days after Rodriguez was released by the Yankees.

“I want to put all this talk to rest about Alex playing for any team this season. It’s not happening,” Berkowitz said in the statement. “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.”

Marlins’ Stanton likely out for ’16; A-Rod in mix?

Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a groin injury that has likely ended his season. Joining him on the DL is left-hander Adam Conley with finger tendinitis.

Rodriguez played his final game with the Yankees on Friday night in New York and was released the following morning. The Yankees announced that Rodriguez would move into a role as an adviser and instructor within the organization, but the three-time American League MVP technically is a free agent and can sign with any club.

Berkowitz did not indicate whether Rodriguez would consider making a comeback in 2017.

The Miami Marlins, Rodriguez’s hometown team, acknowledged Sunday that they had considered reaching out to the 41-year-old.

But Marlins president Mike Hill told Fox Sports on Monday that the team ultimately decided not to formally reach out to Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, who grew up in South Florida and still lives there, was batting .200 this season, but he had 33 homers and 86 RBIs last season.

Rodriguez needs only four homers to become the fourth player to hit 700, and the looming milestone could eventually lure him into continuing his 22-year career. But he hasn’t played much in the field since 2013, complicating any role he might have with a National League team.



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