The Marlins have made multiyear contract offers to pitcher Jose Fernandez, outfielder Christian Yelich and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, but none had accepted the offers as of Monday night, according to sources.
The offer to Fernandez, as first reported by CBSSports.com, was for six years at just under $40 million, with club options for a seventh and eighth seasons. But the Marlins aren’t especially optimistic because they are aware that agent Scott Boras typically doesn’t like to do deals of this nature, preferring instead to take his players into free agency.
Fernandez, who is expected to return sometime this summer from Tommy John surgery, would not be eligible for free agency until after 2018.
Fernandez is 16-8 with a 2.25 ERA in two seasons. He went 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 2014 before undergoing the elbow surgery in May.
The Marlins have offered Yelich contracts for six, seven and eight years, according to a source. But the sides aren’t close on money.
For a six-year deal, the Marlins have offered a contract commensurate to the six-year, $31 million offer that Pirates left fielder Starling Marte accepted before last season.
At the time of that offer, Marte was two years away from arbitration, as Yelich is now.
But Yelich, 22, wants more than what the Pirates gave Marte, partly because he is four years younger. Yelich, who would not be eligible for free agency until after 2019, hit .284 with nine homers and 54 RBI last season and won a Gold Glove for his defense in left field.
The Marlins would like to buy out at least two years of free agency for Hechavarria, who is eligible for free agency after 2018. Hechavarria, a very good defensive shortstop, hit .276 with one home run and 34 RBI last season.
The Marlins also are expected to make a multiyear offer to center fielder Marcell Ozuna, who won’t be eligible for free agency until after 2019.