Over the weekend, maybe it was reported before this weekend, that the Marlins don't plan on rushing young ace, Jose Fernandez, in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. The below tweet from MLB Network Radio's Jim Bowden includes a quote from the Marlins GM:
Michael Hill reiterated to us that Jose Fernandez will not be back until June or July #Marlins @MLBNetworkRadio— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) November 2, 2014
This makes total sense as there is no reason for the Marlins to rush him back, and when he does come back, he should return to being the ace he was before the injury. Should the Marlins be in the NL East or wildcard race, getting a starter of his quality for nothing will be a huge boost to the young Marlins chances.
With that said, the fact that Fernandez could miss the first 2-3 months of the season definitely hurts his fantasy value on draft day 2015. On Tuesday, I published my early 2015 starting pitcher rankings and did not rank Fernandez in my top 75 starters. Missing up to three months of the season will definitely hurt his value for those of you in one year, redraft leagues.
Those of you in NL only or mixed keeper leagues have the opportunity to draft him late in snake draft leagues and for cheap in auction leagues.
I actually own Fernandez in one of my NL only keeper leagues, and have to raise him to $12 this season. I plan to keep him at $12 even though he won't be back till June or July. At that point in the season, I could either trade him if I am in contention or keep him for a second half run. He will be better than any starter on the waiver wire at that point in the season.
I wonder if the Marlins will have him on an innings limit, or even a pitch limit, in 2015.
For more on Fernandez and the Marlins, make sure you check out Fish Stripes, SB Nation's Marlins fan site.