The other day there were reports that the Marlins might trade Jose Fernandez this offseason. They were quickly walked back by team officials. This story, however — which appears to fill out some of the factual details which led to those initial rumors — paints a picture of a toxic and chaotic relationship between Fernandez and the Marlins.
The story, pieced together from multiple reports from Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ in Miami, says that Fernandez made multiple trade demands to team brass this past season. Moreover:
In a separate report, team sources told Slater that Fernandez has a tendency to be “selfish” at times and “talks to management like they are children.”
“There were times this season where, not all, but some players and coaches hoped Jose would go out on the mound and get shelled,” a player source reportedly told Slater. “We thought it would get him to be more humble.”
Earlier today we learned that the Marlins apparently want to move Marcel Ozuna because he’s a pain in the butt. While their official line at the moment is that Jose Fernandez is not on the block, one wonders if the club wants to be rid of more than just Ozuna.