Boras representing top Marlins’ prospect
JUPITER, Fla. — One of the top prospects in the game now has a high-profile agent.
Jose Fernandez, the Marlins’ hard-throwing right-hander, is being represented by Scott Boras, the prominent Newport Beach, Calif.-based agent.
“We are very excited about having Jose,” Boras confirmed to MLB.com on Wednesday night. “He has the potential to be a future ace.”
Shortly after the 2012 season, Boras said he met with Fernandez, and the two sides agreed to come together.
The Marlins’ first-round pick in 2011, Fernandez is ranked seventh overall on the MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect list.
Fernandez is in his first big league Spring Training camp, and on Thursday morning he will start in a B Game against the Cardinals on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.
Miami intends to have Fernandez open the season at Double-A Jacksonville. If he shows he is ready, he could make the leap to the Majors in 2013.
The Marlins’ payroll has dramatically reduced from a year ago, being trimmed from about $100 million to roughly $40 million.
With Fernandez being represented by Boras, it will be interesting to see if the Marlins reconsider their policy on not awarding no-trade clauses.
On Monday night, team owner Jeffrey Loria was non-committal when asked if the team would reassess club policy.
– Joe Frisaro