Dodgers have placed a call to Marlins about Jose Fernandez

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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.

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.”