A-Rod To Buy the Marlins? Really?

Alex Rodriguez Florida Marlins Jersey

For some reason it’s become very exciting for sports writers to figure out why they think Alex Rodriguez will go the the Marlins. It’s a fun game, I guess. The latest work of genius comes from San Diego and it’s quite innovative:

The mid-revenue Padres strongly expect the Marlins to shop and trade third baseman Miguel Cabrera within five weeks. Confident in Kevin Kouzmanoff and prospect Chase Headley – a Double-A star who will play third and left field in spring training – the Padres will sit out the Cabrera auction. The Padres also will sit out bidding for third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The Padres won’t be surprised if Rodriguez, a Miami native, signs with the Marlins in return for an ownership stake linked to keeping the franchise in South Florida.

I like the idea and it’s certainly a new one, but I wonder whether that’s even possible considering the labor situation in MLB. That would make A-Rod essentially part of both the Players Union and MLB Ownership. There are ways to make it work (via a trust, for example) but I’m wasting time thinking about it.

Bottom-line: A-Rod is likely to get $150 million dollars over the next 5 years from someone else (the Angels?) and will probably end up earning nearly half-a-billion dollars over his career (with endorsements) so he can easily buy the Marlins or some other team when he retires.

We’ve Made the Imaginary A-Rod Top-10 List

I know this will never happen, but it’s cool to read this kind of stuff:

Florida has been trying to get a new ballpark for years, and A-Rod – a Miami boy – would be the biggest chip yet. Imagine a lineup topped by these four: Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Miguel Cabrera, A-Rod. Wow.

Why not? The Marlins are worth $244 million. And even if owner Jeffrey Loria profited $43.3 million last season, according to Forbes – 58 percent more than the next-best team – he has never shown any desire to spend it. Loria makes Scrooge look like a reckless spender.

Can you imagine if Forbes is actually right about the $43.3 Million? A few years like that and the Fish could easily pay their share of the stadium funds which, according to Miami-Dade officials, is one of the few remaining hurdles.

The Marlins are Everywhere

The baseball season just ended and already the Marlins are making news across the league:

  • Congratulations to Mike Lowell, Josh Beckett, Julian Tavarez, Dave Magadan, and Gary Tuck for winning the World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Extra credit to Mike for being named the World Series MVP (although we all know that had Boston lost that game, Josh would have won the next one and ended up with another MVP). Asked about his two rings, Mike said:

    “I think with the Marlins no one expected us to do this and I think with the Red Sox people expect you to win and I think both are very satisfying.”

  • Welcome back Joe Girardi. You have just been named the manager of the New York Yankees. Lets hope you know how to behave with your new owner because the younger Steinbrenners seem as feisty as their father.
  • Speaking of the Yankees, greetings to A-Rod, who is now a free agent and some are reporting that the Marlins may make a run at him (unlikely since he’ll get a long-term deal somewhere else) and that the Yankees may try to replace him with Miguel Cabrera (maybe, but hopefully no).
  • See you later to Armando Benitez who filed for free agency and will now have to beg someone else to pitch for them.
  • Hello to Yorvit Torrealba who joins the growing list of catchers who are rumored to be talking to the Marlins He handled the Rockies pitching staff very well.
  • Farewell to Edgar Renteria who heads over to the the American League, joining Dave Dombrowski‘s project to rebuild the 1997 Florida Marlins (plus Pudge). No word on yet on whether they can convince Ed Vosberg to come out of retirement.

Rumor Central: A-Rod, Posada, Floyd, Lo Duca Like the Marlins

And this weeks list of players who maybe but really aren’t coming to the Marlins are:

  • Alex Rodriguez: The biggest prize in baseball is very expensive and some guy at CNN/Money makes a good financial argument (but not a realistic one).
  • Cliff Floyd: He’s likely to retire but would love to play for the Fish at $3MM per year (but Cody Ross gives you the same numbers for 1/10th of the price).
  • Jorge Posada: The Marlins need a catcher but this one is going to get a huge offer from the Yankees.
  • Paul Lo Duca: Catcher, again, but his health may not be worth the financial risk.

If and When: Marlins Ballpark will be at the Orange Bowl Site and will Open in 2011

Wincraft Florida Marlins Round ClockThe clock is now ticking as it looks like the Marlins have pretty much finalized the location and opening date for the new ballpark.

MLB President Bob DuPuy has confirmed that the new ballpark will be at the Orange Bowl site and will open by 2011… if all the deals get done. Considering the momentum and the expiring stadium lease, it is likely that this is the last and only path for the Marlins.

On the timing:

The clock is ticking, DuPuy said, on the team’s chances of moving into a new stadium by 2011.

“That’s one of the reasons for the urgency,” he said. “We’re very tight. But our goal is to still open in 2011 or things get more expensive and the losses continue to pile up [for Marlins ownership]. The architects and the club have been looking at what can be done to expedite construction so we can still get open in 2011.”

On location:

DuPuy said a previously discussed site in downtown Miami is “off the table,” adding the Orange Bowl site is the only one being considered at this time.

So there you go. MLB is negotiating this deal for us and we know where it has to end.

Momentum for Ballpark Project as Developers Look to Cash In

One of the side-effects of a potential Marlins ballpark at the Orange Bowl site is the rush of investment to redevelop the surrounding neighborhood. This has long been an argument for public financing of stadiums and has mixed and controversial results at best. For example, in Baltimore, many attribute the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor area to Camden Yards while in neighboring Washington, the redevelopment of the South Capitol area began long before and the new ballpark will merely be the crown jewel of the project.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that developers are now jumping on the Marlins bandwagon with hopes of joining that project. Developers Diversified Realty, which developed Wynwood’s “Midtown Miami”, are looking for a public-private partnership (read: city gives land for free and developer will do the rest) to revive the neighborhood.

Now, I wouldn’t read too much into this as far as this specific company. The amount of eminent domain will likely draw ire of the community and possible state officials in Tallahassee. Additionally, I suspect that the Marlins will want a share of the development rights. Regardless, this helps push the ballpark project forward as now people are thinking about infrastructure and commercial investments beyond the footprint of the ballpark.

Headlining the Off Season Blues (October 22, 2007)

Another round of the latest Marlins chatter:

  • Matt Sosnick (agent for most of the Marlins’ pitching staff) believes Willis will be back.
  • Latest on pitching coach; ESPN starts a stupid A-Rod Rumor; and Hanley is feeling better.
  • Optimism on ballpark at OB site and confirmation from the team that the OB site is acceptable and the primary focus.
  • Traffic study suggests Orange Bowl site needs $12 million in improvements
  • Do you thank the Yankees will call Loria for a reference?

Marlins Radio Broadcast Now on 790 AM The Ticket

No surprise here.

The Marlins are moving to WAXY 790 AM “The Ticket”. David Samson will announce that tomorrow on the Dan Le Ba[s]tard show. The Fish have been on WQAM since day one but the Dolphins return to 560 forced the Marlins out (once again, Wayne Huizenga is keeping us down). They also still need someone to replace Roxy Bernstein on the broadcast.

Fish Dropping Like Flies

Reginald Damascus AbercrombieThe Marlins began their first purge of bench players / guys-with-potential-who-couldn’t-cut-it / oops with a series of transactions:

Huh? Why did we lose Jose Garcia? Why would we sit on him for a year as he recovers from surgery only to lose him?

I’m guessing the Fish tried to sneak him through but the smart guys at Oakland didn’t miss a beat. As for Reginald Damascus Abercrombie, I can’t say much because like everyone else I liked his talent but frankly he was constantly given opportunities and never delivered. Maybe a change of scenery will help. BTW, you think we could have packaged those two in a trade for a veteran pitcher? Anyway.

Random Thoughts on the LCS and the Cubs

Today is Game 1 of the NLCS and it will feature two expansion teams. Tomorrow’s ALCS Game 1 features the long suffering but finally reprieved Red Sox and the long suffering Indians. The story lines are historically fascinating because Boston or Arizona may join the Marlins with their 2nd world series in the last decade, the Indians may record their first in half-a-century, or Colorado their first ever. Regardless, you have to give Bud Selig some credit because 3 out of 4 of his expansion teams have done well. This is all great for the game.

Update: It’s also great when you look at payroll:
#2 – Boston Red Sox ($143,026,214)
#23 – Cleveland Indians ($61,673,267)
#25 – Colorado Rockies ($54,424,000)
#26 – Arizona Diamondbacks ($52,067,546)

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