Five Major Questions for the Marlins in 2016

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1. Will Jose Fernandez Be Traded?

Most that follow baseball know the story by now: Marlins ace starter Jose Fernandez does not have the best relationship with certain players and the front office because of his attitude, and specifically the way he speaks when he talks to management.

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks were among the teams mentioned to be interested in Fernandez, and the Marlins would likely get a great return. When he is healthy, Fernandez is right up there with Greinke, Kershaw, Cole, and Arrieta.

On the other hand, if Miami is going to contend in the short term, the pitching staff has to be built around the 23-year-old right-hander.

The signing of Chen is significant because it likely ends the Fernandez trade rumors.

Keep this in mind: Fernandez’s agent Scott Boras and the Marlins began the offseason at odds with each other, and now Miami has signed a Chen, a Boras client.

All of the indications seem to point towards Fernandez staying in Miami at least for 2016.

One Response

  1. Al-Kendall

    Good questions!
    I believe some answers should be more or less as follows:

    1. Ozuna will not hit 30 HR or get 30 SB. Hopefully, he will be closer to 2014 than to 2015. Yes, his 2015 demotion to AAA helped him play better in the second half.

    2. Jackson and Phelps are more unlikely to be part of the 2016 Marlins rotation than Conley, Cosart, and Koehler.

    3. Capps and Ramos should share the closer role during 2016. Alternating their opportunities will allow both to pitch better. However, the question for Mattingly will be how to use the rest of the bullpen when most of his SP will not get through the 6th. The Marlins will be lucky to get QS from others outside of Fernandez and Chen.


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