Jose Fernandez and the Marlins have not exactly been on the same page of late. There were trade rumors surrounding the Miami ace during the Winter Meetings. There were reports of a disagreement regarding whether or not Scott Boras would be involved in helping determine Fernandez’s workload. And then there was a report that the Marlins and Fernandez simply hate each other.
But Fernandez is still the Marlins’ ace and when you’re the team’s ace you still have to show up at team events and, occasionally, meet the press. He did so yesterday. From Walter Villa’s report in the Miami Herald:
Given the Marlins’ inactivity so far this offseason, Fernandez was asked if he thought his team could compete.
Here was his rather startling reply: “I can’t comment on that.”
Fernandez, whose agent is Scott Boras, was then asked if he wanted to stay in Miami.
“I’ve got no comment on that,” said Fernandez, who is set to become a free agent in 2019 and has reportedly rejected offers from the Marlins to sign a long-term extension. “I’m not allowed to comment on it.”
Miami’s brass said last week that Fernandez was not available. I wonder if Fernandez thinks that, if he continues to communicate how unhappy he is, they may change their mind.