Breaking News: Jose Fernandez makes Opening Day Roster; Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez to DL

Feb 28, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Miami Marlins top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez (78) throws to Marlins manager Mike Redmond (11) in a B game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Marlins 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Wow. Woke up to some extremely interesting news today. The Miami Marlins have placed Henderson Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder issues.

The Marlins don’t expect either to miss more than a month, but their injuries are something to monitor, as both are young pitchers and shoulder issues are rarely isolated.

In their place, the Marlins made a move that is sure to shock everyone around baseball. The Marlins have selected the contract of top overall prospect, Jose Fernandez. He will make his Major League debut next Sunday against the New York Mets:

 

 

The move from the team is nothing sort of crazy in my view. The team had a better option in Jacob Turner to go with, as he has had major league success and has pitched above Single-A, none of which Fernandez can say he has.

The team also selected the contract of starting pitcher Alex Sanabia. The Marlins projected rotation just went from really bad to what could be one of the worst ever.

To make room on the 40-man roster for all the moves the team has made so far and Fernandez, the team designated Zack Cox, Gorkys Hernandez, Evan Reed, and Scott Maine and placed Joe Mahoney and Jeff Mathis, along with Alvarez and Eovaldi on the 15-day DL.

The move to DFA Cox is boneheaded in my view as well. The team acquired Cox in the Edward Mujica trade last July from the St. Louis Cardinals. While he has faced struggles in the minors the past two seasons with his bat, he still had a decent shot to turn things around and become the Marlins third baseman of the future.

Now the team risks losing him to another team, which I am sure someone will pounce on. If the Marlins lose Cox, they will have no one in the minor leagues to play 3B in the near future.

We will have more news on all these moves and any other move as they happen.

Topics: Alex Sanabia, Henderson Alvarez, Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins, Nathan Eovaldi

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  • Jon

    Fernandez will be an instant improvement in comparison to Alvarez and Eovaldi, so I don’t understand how you claim it just went to the worst ever… The only problem is how the Marlin’s want to bring him along. it’s not always the most desired thing to bring in a raw, young pitching talent… but the kid seems mature and a baptism by fire may just work. His ceiling is certainly a hell of a lot better than the guys he is replacing in the rotation, anyway.

    • ehsank24

      I don’t know about instant improvement, but yes, the “worst ever” was a bit of an overstatement. I had decent hopes for Alvarez and foresaw a breakout for Eovladi. But with the loss of those two and Sanabia entering the picture, concern should be really high.

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