Marlins begin extension talks with Jose Fernandez, Christian Yelich, Adeiny Hechavarria


Much has been made about the Marlins’ efforts to sign star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a contract extension, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that they are also talking to some of their other young players.

As Rosenthal writes, a deal for Jose Fernandez is doubtful. Boras typically pushes his clients to test free agency. Still, it’s hard to fault them for trying. The Marlins are fighting a perception battle, so locking up some members of their young core could help turn the tide somewhat. It might not convince Giancarlo Stanton to stick around for the long haul, but it’s a step in the right direction to rebuild some level of trust with their fanbase.

While the Marlins are talking to Fernandez, Yelich, and Hechavarria, they aren’t at risk of losing any of them anytime soon. Fernandez and Hechavarria under team control through 2018 while Yelich is controlled through 2019.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize $10M, 1-year contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a $10 million, one-year contract on Monday.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.