Miami went into the Winter Meetings seeking starting pitching, and the organization appears to be in the process of listening to offers on multiple players. Both Jose Fernandez and Marcell Ozuna are drawing interest, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.
As much attention as Jose Fernandez is getting in media,about 10 teams have checked in on #Marlins Marcell Ozuna— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 8, 2015
Interest in Fernandez appeared to increase significantly in the days leading up to the annual meetings. The Marlins are not thought to have given serious thought to trading him, however rumors continue to be discussed.
The primary factor with regard to whether a Fernandez deal will or will not get done is likely the prospects involved. Miami is reportedly seeking five or six top prospects in exchange for its ace.
The Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Yankees have all reportedly expressed interest in Fernandez. Los Angeles might not be in a position to part with Corey Seager, though, and Frisaro points out even though the Yankees were open to dealing pitching prospect Luis Severino in a Fernandez deal, the organization might not have enough pieces to acquire Fernandez.
Miami is seeking at least one major league ready starter in a deal for Fernandez, but there remains a good chance if the club is considering team proposals, Fernandez is not moved in Nashville. Owner Jeffrey Loria told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal "there is nothing I am thinking about doing at the moment with him," and as Frisaro also points out, the Marlins are not seeking prospects in a deal involving Fernandez.
As Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald suggests, the Marlins could simply be evaluating what they could receive in exchange for Fernandez so they could know what to expect before trading him in the future.
The Fernandez rumors are likely directly affecting trade talks involving Ozuna. The Marlins might be waiting to see if they could get a team to overpay and receive an outfielder in a Fernandez deal to ensure they have depth before trading Ozuna.
George King III of The New York Post notes the Yankees are "not opposed" to trading for Ozuna and that the Marlins "like Bryan Mitchell as a starter" and "Adam Warren as a reliever." However, King also adds "some talent evaluators believe Ozuna is on the cusp of a breakout season," which might dramatically increase the Marlins' asking price.
Miami has been relatively quiet to this point, however rumors with regard to Fernandez and Ozuna have been discussed since Monday afternoon. A deal involving either might not get done, but the fact the Marlins are considering moving either of two is significant.