Jose Fernandez could be moved this winter


UPDATE: Joe Frisaro of is reporting that “two highly placed sources” have told him that Fernandez “is not being shopped or discussed to be shopped.” So stand down, I suppose.

1:32 PMIt was a year ago today that the Miami Marlins signed Giancarlo Stanton to that 13-year, $325 million contract. The idea was that, after years of farting around, the Marlins were getting serious. They were going to build for a Stanton-led dynasty.

Baseball dynasties are not built on one player, of course, so a key part of that idea was that other players would help form that core. Chief among them: Jose Fernandez, who was then rehabbing from Tommy John surgery but who would soon be coming back to the Marlins’ rotation. With an elite slugger and an ace in the fold, the sky would be the limit, the theory went.

Except they may have to find another ace:


There’s an open question regarding whether it was ever reasonable to count on Fernandez for the long term, of course. He’s a Scott Boras client and, while he’s under Marlins control through 2018, Boras clients like to test free agency. Moreover, Boras and the Marlins have been feuding lately, so it’s possible that the Marlins’ chances of or desire to keep Fernandez long term are in serious doubt.

But to trade him now, though, seems pretty hasty. The Marlins had a bad 2015, largely because of injuries, but heading into 2016 with a healthy Stanton and Fernandez in what is still certain to be a weak NL East is a pretty good situation, competitively speaking. Trading him, especially if it’s for prospects instead of commensurate major league talent, would be tantamount to announcing a rebuild.

I feel like the NL East has enough of those going on right now. And that Marlins fans have endured enough of them in recent years already.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”