Jose Fernandez, 20, makes Marlins’ Opening Day roster

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Surprising news this morning out of south Florida.

According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins have purchased the contract of top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez, adding him to their season-opening starting rotation.

Fernandez, who doesn’t turn 21 years old until late July, was the 14th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. He posted a 1.75 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 158/35 K/BB ratio in 134 innings last season between Low-A Greensboro and High-A Jupiter. Baseball America ranked him the fifth-best prospect in baseball this past winter.

Fernandez is scheduled to make his major league debut on April 7 in New York against the Mets.

The Fish placed Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez on the 15-day DL in a corresponding move.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.