How about this for a change of pace? Here’s a story about the Marlins not being cheap.
According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, right-hander Jose Fernandez will make a $635,000 salary this season. The Marlins could have simply renewed his contract for somewhere around the major league minimum salary of $500,000, but they decided to reward him after he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award last year.
It’s not much, but a gesture like that could create some goodwill if the two sides engage in extension talks down the line. Of course, Fernandez is represented by Scott Boras and the Marlins have shown an inclination to trade players once they get expensive, so that could be tough. Fernandez, 21, is under team control through 2018.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.