The Miami Marlins might trade 23-year-old starting pitcher Jose Fernandez this offseason. Craig Mish of SiriusXM saysthere's "growing sentiment around baseball and internally with the Marlins" that the young ace will be traded this winter.
Fernandez is hoping to complete his second full season in 2016, after missing most of the 2014 season and much of the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. When he made his major league debut in 2013, Fernandez went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA in 28 starts. Before his elbow injury in 2014, he went 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA, and upon his return, he went back to his old form, going 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 11 starts, though he spent some time on the disabled list with a biceps strain after his return.
Recently, there's been tension between Fernandez's agent, Scott Boras, and the Marlins over Fernandez's workload in 2016 and the Marlins' treatment of outfielder Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins only control Fernandez through the 2018 season, which means he could hit free agency at the age of 26.
If the Marlins trade him, Fernandez doesn't figure to be a target for the Mets, given the team's current rotation. But if he's dealt out of the division, it would make one of the Mets' regular opponents in 2016 weaker.