After fielding a wide range of trade offers, the Marlins have come to the conclusion that no major league team will be able to meet their sky-high demands for ace right-hander Jose Fernandez.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill announced Wednesday at the Winter Meetings in Nashville that Fernandez “is not going anywhere” and that all the calls, inquiries, and rumors “ran their course.”
It always seemed an unlikely thing.
Fernandez is only 23 years old, under contractual control for three more seasons, and he boasts a 2.40 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 336 strikeouts through his first 289 major league innings.
Miami wants to compete in 2016 under new manager Don Mattingly.
Somebody just woke up the Dodgers.
It’s been a slow offseason so far for the richest team in baseball, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that they are suddenly in talks with the Reds for fireballing closer Aroldis Chapman.
He’d presumably take over the ninth inning in Los Angeles, with Kenley Jansen moving into a setup role. That’s sure to irk Jansen, who is entering his walk year. But let’s not get too far ahead here.
Chapman is the most dominant reliever in baseball, boasting a 2.17 ERA and 546 strikeouts in 319 career major league innings. He is owed $8.05 million in 2016 and can then become a free agent.
You’d have to think the Dodgers would try to explore an extension with the 27-year-old left-hander, especially if they’re going to give up multiple top prospects.
Chapman was a starting pitcher in Cuba, so that’s something to think about too.
Hisashi Iwakuma hasn’t been getting a whole lot of play on the hot stove up to this point, but that should change as the secondary starting pitching market begins to settle at this week’s Winter Meetings.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have the 34-year-old right-hander on their “radar,” along with 28-year-old righty Mike Leake. San Francisco added Jeff Samardzija on a five-year, $90 million contract last week, but the club is clearly not done fishing. They also want a bat.
Iwakuma was limited to 20 starts in 2015 because of a strained lat, but he registered a cool 3.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 129 2/3 innings while healthy and he owns a 3.17 ERA (117 ERA+) in 653 2/3 career major league frames.
On a three-year deal, he’d make sense for just about any team.
You might have heard that ace right-hander Jose Fernandez does not get along with Marlins management and could even be shopped this winter.
We’d bet strongly against the Fish actually moving him, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the Dodgers have placed a call and that’s a club with the kind of high-level prospects and creative front office to get it done. Los Angeles just lost Zack Greinke to the Diamondbacks and David Price is all locked up with the Red Sox. Who’s going to be Clayton Kershaw‘s new co-ace?
Fernandez was limited to 11 starts in 2015 following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but the 23-year-old boasts a ridiculous 2.40 ERA and 10.5 K/9 in 289 career major league innings.
Again, it’s probably not going to happen. But let’s not completely rule it out leading into what is sure to be a wild Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.
UPDATE, 2:40 PM ET: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the two sides have officially agreed to a one-year deal. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says it’s worth around $7 million.
2:35 PM ET: From Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports comes word that the Dodgers are nearing an agreement with free agent second baseman Chase Utley. No word yet on the contract length or monetary value.
Utley batted just .212/.286/.343 in 107 games this past season between Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and he got only three at-bats for the Dodgers in the playoffs.
It remains to be seen whether they are viewing him as a utility player for 2016 or a possible regular at second base. Howie Kendrick was the Dodgers’ primary second baseman in 2015, but he is now a free agent.
It’s been a disappointing offseason so far for the Dodgers, who lost Zack Greinke to the Diamondbacks on Friday night and have been beaten to the punch on some of their reported relief targets.
Utley, who turns 37 in two weeks, isn’t really much of a splash.