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Marlins president Michael Hill says Jose Fernandez is “not available”

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UPDATE: A trade is still seen as unlikely, but ESPN’s Jayson Stark hears that the Marlins think they are “making progress” with an unspecified team.

7:45 p.m. ET: The chatter continues regarding Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.

ESPN’s Buster Olney talked to a source this morning who pegged the chances of a trade involving Fernandez at one percent. However, that same source estimated earlier this evening that the chances of a trade had increased into the 40-percent range. If that’s to be believed, the Marlins aren’t tipping their hand.

For someone who supposedly isn’t available, there sure seems to be a lot of people talking about him. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported earlier this afternoon that the Dodgers, Yankees, and Diamondbacks have all been gathering information about Fernandez. The Marlins are said to be looking for up to five players in return, so if anything, it’s clear they’ll only make a trade if someone blows them away.