Los Angeles might have the pieces necessary to land Jose Fernandez.
The Dodgers were involved in a seven-player deal with the Reds and White Sox on Wednesday, and according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the organization now could be in a position to add Miami's ace to its starting rotation.
The speculation about #Dodgers going after Jose Fernandez is natural and legitimate. Tons of young players; #Marlins can pick and choose.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2015
Throughout the Winter Meetings, the Marlins were reportedly asking interested teams for five or six top prospects in any deal involving Fernandez. Miami's front office has consistently said Fernandez will not be moved, but several clubs, including the Dodgers, expressed interest in Fernandez and could still attempt to acquire him.
In the three team trade, the Dodgers acquired outfielder Trayce Thompson, second baseman Micah Johnson and right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas. Montas was considered a top pitching prospect before being moved and Los Angeles could include him in a package for Fernandez.
The expectation is there might be at least one team willing to overpay for Fernandez heading into spring training, and the Dodgers could very well end up being that team. The organization, as Rosenthal points out, has a notable amount of depth. Miami would be able to select a handful of top prospects if it decided to trade Fernandez, and the Dodgers would likely still have enough minor league pieces to keep their system strong moving forward.
Miami might request Corey Seager in a trade with the Dodgers, but the club does not appear willing to move its shortstop. Lefty Julio Urias might also have to be included in a deal, although there is no guarantee he develops into a pitcher as successful as Fernandez.
While the Marlins have publicly said they do not plan on trading Fernandez, he could still be moved this off-season. He is arbitration eligible for three more seasons, and his agent, Scott Boras, does not appear to be open to negotiating an extension with the Marlins. When recently asked about his future with the Marlins, Fernandez did not respond despite his consistent praise for the city of Miami and its fans.
Fernandez is not necessarily being shopped. But of any club interested, the Dodgers now might have the prospects the Marlins would be seeking in a deal.