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A-Rod’s publicist says he’s not playing for any other team this season

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees runs onto the field to warm up before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on August 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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Despite all of the speculation in the past 24 hours or so, it appears that Alex Rodriguez will not be playing for any other team this season.

Via Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, here is the statement from A-Rod’s publicist, Ron Berkowitz:

I want to put all this talk to rest about Alex playing for any team this season. 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.”

This obviously doesn’t rule out next year, when he’d still be available for the minimum salary. A-Rod may not want to play next year, but if he was going to play again, he may be best served by doing what he did leading into his mostly successful 2015: rest, work out like crazy, and come in fresh.

I still doubt he will and I seriously doubt whether he could duplicate his early 2015 success again -- age, at some point, can’t be bargained with -- but it’d be a better plan than trying to latch on to the Marlins or whoever in late August after the season he’s had