Jose Fernandez will not be traded. Even his agent believes it to be true.
Fernandez has been mentioned in trade rumors since before the annual Winter Meetings, but agent Scott Boras does not believe he will be moved this winter, according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi:
Scott Boras indicates on @MLBNetworkRadio that he does not expect #Marlins to trade Jose Fernandez this offseason. @FOXSports— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 29, 2015
In Nashville, multiple reports indicated the Marlins were seeking five or six major league ready players in a deal that involved Fernandez. The price was thought to be notably high, and the Marlins did not appear to be open to lowering it.
While the Marlins could have just been gauging interest in Fernandez in preparation for a future deal, multiple clubs appeared intrigued by the possibility of adding Miami's ace to their starting rotations. The Dodgers were among the clubs that reportedly checked in on Fernandez's status, but it appears the Marlins might be keeping Fernandez in their 2016 rotation.
Boras, who has a tendency to encourage his clients to test the free agent market which makes the chances of the Marlins signing Fernandez to an extension slim, also noted he consistently speaks to Owner Jeffrey Loria and President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill. Although an extension might not be realistic in the future, as Boras sees it, the Marlins are truly planning on keeping Fernandez in the front their rotation.
After acknowledging he consistently communicates with the Marlins' front office, Boras also explained front office executives would not be doing their jobs if they didn't ask about Fernandez, according to MLB.com's Andrew Simon:
"And I would expect that any and all Major League teams would be calling on Jose. He's young, he's talented and certainly you would expect that there would be a lot of dialogue about it because you wouldn't be doing your job if you didn't ask. But when you've been in this business a long time and you have a lot of great young players, particularly young players who their salaries are just at the beginning level of their careers, teams are going to always ask about them. Rarely are they ever traded, and I think that's the case with Jose as well."
Fernandez, coming off of Tommy John surgery, had success in 2015, pitching to a 2.92 ERA over 64.2 innings. The Marlins are hoping to build around Fernandez, and while the rumors might continue to be discussed publicly, the expectation is now Miami's ace will not be moved heading into 2016.