Report: Marlins Still Working on Jose Fernandez Trade

Rumors continue to swirl around Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez. Just yesterday, Marlins president of baseball operations, Mike Hill, told the Miami Herald, “He’s not available. We haven’t made him available. But it doesn’t stop the phone calls from coming.” If the phone calls keep coming, the Marlins may keep listening and eventually trade their 23-year-old right-hander. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, a mystery fourth team has joined the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and New York Yankees in talking trade with the Marlins. That team may be the Houston Astros.

Although the Marlins staunchly denied they were trading Fernandez yesterday, Stark’s source feels more confident a trade is coming. The Astros have the young talent available to blow the Marlins away and make it impossible for them to turn down a blockbuster trade.

There is a conflicting note out from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, however, that debunks the notion that the Astros are the “mystery team.”

Of the three teams mentioned in connection to Fernandez — the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Yankees — the Dodgers may be the team with the greatest need for the young pitcher after losing Zack Greinke. Los Angeles has the most to offer the Marlins in terms of young, MLB-ready offensive talent such as Joc Pederson or Yasiel Puig and a host of pitching prospects that could be close to reaching the big leagues. It’s hard to say exactly where the Dodgers stand now on the heels of their trade for Aroldis Chapman most likely falling apart. The package going back to the Cincinnati Reds was never announced.

As with Shelby Miller, there are multiple rumors and reports continuing to swirl around Jose Fernandez. The Marlins will need to receive a huge return to part ways with their young ace, who is only entering his first year of arbitration eligibility. Fernandez earned only $651,000 in 2015 and showed no signs of decline after sitting out most of 2014 due to Tommy John surgery. The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year went 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 11 starts after returning in early July.

The trade market for Jose Fernandez remains extremely fluid, and a trade still cannot be ruled out. The Marlins may not get a deal done at the Winter Meetings, but they are certainly keeping their options open.

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