The Miami Marlins are looking to lock up all their young core with the hope of making a run at a pennant sooner rather than later. And if signing Giancarlo Stanton to the longest contract in the history of professional sports wasn't enough, now they're trying to sign Jose Fernandez to a six-year contract extension according to multiple sources.
The deal is rumored to be on the $40 million range for the next six years and it would make Fernandez a member of the Marlins franchise until the 2021 year. It also included two years of club options that could potentially keep the right-handed ace in Miami until 2023 and it would buy all of his arbitration years plus his first two of costless agency.
Fernandez was one of the sensations of the 2013 season for the Marlins. He broke camp with the Major League roster despite never pitching above AA and won the NL Rookie Of The Year. He was expected to lead the staff in 2014 but his season was shortened after some elbow discomfort that eventually led to him having Tommy John Surgery. His current rehab plan is right on the schedule and he's expected to return sometime next year. By that time, the Marlins are surely expecting him to have it under control for a few more years.
There are some deals that could look similar to the one Miami is offering Fernandez. Chris Sale signed a five-year extension worth $32.5M after pitching two and a half seasons. Madison Bumgarner inked a $35M, six-year contract before the start of this third season with the San Francisco Giants. Both deals looked like bargains at the time and Fernandez's one could be an even bigger steal if he's able to return to his pre-injury form.
Fernandez has pitched only one and a half season at the MLB level but he has shown promise in that span. He has a 16-8 record in 36 starts and boasts a 2.25 ERA to go along with a 0.972 WHIP and 10.3 K/9.