Jose Fernandez's days in Miami may not be numbered, after all. A report from the New York Post's Joel Sherman indicates that the Marlins have told other executives around MLB that Fernandez, the 2013 Rookie of the Year, isn't available via trade this offseason, giving a temporary answer to a big question about Miami's future.
Fernandez is coming off Tommy John surgery, which cut short his 2014 season after eight starts. Last year, in his return, he went 6-1 in 11 starts. In 64.2 innings, he had a 2.92 ERA, striking out 79 batters and walking just 14. In 289 big league innings, Fernandez has struck out 10.5 batters per nine innings and walked just 2.6. He's a top-flight pitcher and the Marlins will surely benefit from having him in their rotation for a full season.
Rumors arose that Fernandez, 20, fell out of favor with Marlins ownership over the third-year pitcher's attitude. His agent, Scott Boras, is barred from discussions over Fernadez's workload next year—an innings-limit debate that caused a some awkwardness and miscommunication between Boras client Matt Harvey and the Mets—and their fans—in September.