Jose Fernandez has proved to be one of the best young pitchers in baseball. While rumors have suggested he could be available in trade talks, the Miami Marlins claim they have no intention of moving their ace.
However, talks heated up during the winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. Marlins president David Samson disclosed that 20 teams have contacted the club regarding Fernandez, per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
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Boras Comments on Fernandez Trade Possibility
Tuesday, Dec. 29
Agent Scott Boras joined MLB Network Radio to address the rumors that Fernandez could be on his way out of Miami:
Dodgers Interested in Acquiring Fernandez
Monday, Dec. 21
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Dec. 8 that the Dodgers were entertaining the idea of involving a third team to "satisfy" the Marlins in a potential Fernandez trade. Frisaro of MLB.com reported at the time it would take a package including pitching prospect Jose Urias, third baseman Corey Seager and outfielder Joc Pederson to land Fernandez.
On Dec. 7, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, citing sources, reported "the Marlins were talking to the Los Angeles Dodgers—and at least two other teams—about potential blockbuster deals involving Fernandez." He added:
Clubs that have spoken with the Marlins say they've put such a high price on Fernandez that any trade would be considered a long shot. An official of one club said the Marlins were asking for as many as five players in return for the 23-year-old right-hander. And another club executive said the Marlins were telling teams they would only consider moving Fernandez if the package in return made them better next season than they would be if they kept Fernandez, as well as putting several young players in place who could solidify their future. ...
"I don't know if they'll wind up trading him," said an executive of one club that spoke with the Marlins. "But if they do, I'm betting that's where he goes—to the Dodgers."
Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan cited sources when reporting "the Marlins have asked the Dodgers for Julio Urias and Corey Seager." He added the "Dodgers said no—can't imagine Seager going anywhere for anyone—but the sides have continued talking about plenty, including Fernandez."
Rosenthal reported former Dodgers manager and current Marlins manager Don Mattingly "values certain Dodgers more than [the] front office" as Los Angeles and Miami discuss a potential trade centered around Fernandez.
Hill Comments on Fernandez Rumors
Wednesday, Dec. 9
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill reiterated Hernandez isn't going to be traded after the calls, rumors and inquires "ran their course," per Frisaro.
This is just the latest example of Hill telling the media Fernandez will not be traded. When asked about Fernandez on Dec. 7, Hill replied, "He's not available," according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
This is similar to what Hill had said Dec. 3 in regard to Fernandez, per the Associated Press (via Fox Sports): "Jose sits at the front of our rotation. He's a good pitcher, one of the best in the league, so you're going to get asked about him. But we are not shopping Jose Fernandez."
D-Backs Trade for Miller Instead of Potential Fernandez Offer
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart confirmed the team had talked about Fernandez internally and with the Marlins, per Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports; however, the team would later make a trade for Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves, per Rosenthal.
The Braves received Ender Inciarte, Aaron Blair and 2015 No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson from the Diamondbacks, which would "not have come close" to landing them Fernandez, per Piecoro.
Marlins Owner Denies Interest in Moving Fernandez
Tuesday, Dec. 8
"There is nothing I am thinking about doing at the moment with him," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said of Fernandez, per Rosenthal.
Yankees Willing to Deal Severino for Fernandez
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Giants Have Discussed Potential Trade with Multiple Teams
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Mystery Team Enters Fernandez Mix
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Stark reported an unidentified team—which other clubs say they believe is the Houston Astros—is making a "very strong" bid for Fernandez. Stark also noted that sources who had previously described a potential Fernandez deal as unlikely were no longer willing to say that.
Odds of a Fernandez Trade Increasing
Monday, Dec. 7
A source who spoke with ESPN.com's Buster Olney said the odds of a Fernandez trade were at 1 percent Monday morning and have now risen "into the 40s."
Latest on Marlins' Asking Price for Fernandez
Monday, Dec. 7
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com spoke to a rival general manager, who said Miami's asking price for Fernandez is so high he is "basically unavailable." Heyman added that the Marlins are looking for "five or six great young players" in return for Hernandez, according to one GM.
Fernandez Comments on Agent's Role in Negotiations
Saturday, Nov. 21
"I do not know what all this is all about, but [Scott] Boras will be there, because he's my agent," Fernandez said, per ESPN.com. "I get to decide who is going to be on my phone calls. It's that simple."
The comments contradict Marlins president David Samson's comments on Nov. 12, who said, "[Boras] will not be involved in any discussion as it relates to Jose Fernandez. We will be in touch with the doctors and Jose as we formulate a plan," per the Associated Press and ESPN.com.
Marlins Reportedly Unhappy with Fernandez's Attitude
Thursday, Nov. 19
Andy Slater of 940 AM WINZ reported the Marlins were displeased with Fernandez's behavior last season:
As I reported last week and on Tuesday, the Marlins front office is not happy with Fernandez's attitude. "Jose talks to management like they are children," another player source told me. I've now learned, it goes beyond that.
On at least two occasions in the Marlins clubhouse this season, Fernandez approached [Marlins president of baseball operations Michael] Hill—according to multiple player sources—and openly said "when are you going to trade me?"
"There were times this season where, not all, but some players and coaches hoped Jose would go out on the mound and get shelled," a player source told me. "We thought it would get him to be more humble."
Marlins Reportedly Will Deal Fernandez This Offseason
Tuesday, Nov. 17
According to Craig Mish of SiriusXM, there is a "growing sentiment around baseball and internally with the Marlins" that the team will trade Fernandez.
Frisaro reported Fernandez is "not being shopped or discussed to be shopped."
Chris Towers of CBSSports.com noted, "Trying to justify trading Jose Fernandez from a baseball perspective is just silly."
How Fernandez Trade Would Impact Marlins
Fernandez is only 23 and has gone 22-9 with a 2.40 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 336 strikeouts in 289 innings pitched over three seasons. He is under club control until 2018 (he's arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason). His best seasons appear to be ahead of him, so trading him seems illogical.
On the other hand, injuries have become a bit of a concern, as he's already had Tommy John surgery and missed a month of this season because of a right biceps strain after returning from that surgery.
If the Marlins don't sign Fernandez to a long-term contract extension or ultimately trade him, it seems likely the feud with Boras will be the cause, per ESPN.com. The Marlins may have a history of making sweeping changes for cost-cutting purposes, but trading a 23-year-old future ace would be surprising unless other factors—like the presence of Boras—play a major part.