We recently went to see Jose Fernandez, clearly a future superstar of the game, pitch his next-to-last game of the season for the Marlins, and it was a gem. As former Marlins season-ticket holders, we still go to games regularly. It was sad to see the Marlins pull Fernandez after seven innings and even sadder that this potential rookie of the year candidate will not be permitted to finish the season because they want to save his arm.
Are they saving his arm for the Toronto Blue Jays so they can get a better prospect when Fernandez reaches his prime? If Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is serious about making a commitment to this team and to Miami, it can begin right here. Giancarlo Stanton, Fernandez and a number of other young players are the future of this club, so pay them what they are worth next year. That would be a clear message that the Marlins plan to hold on to their talent. I, for one, would reinvest in this team.
Steve Mathes, Aventura