Not content with signing Zack Greinke, the Diamondbacks have talked with the Florida Marlins about acquiring their young ace, Jose Fernandez. The price for such a pitcher will not be cheap, however, and according to Ken Rosenthal, the odds are still against being worked out:
Sources: #DBacks talked Jose with #Marlins. Chance of deal described as "slim." MIA wanted Corbin+. AZ more likely to trade for lesser SP.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2015
Of course, the chances of the Diamondbacks signing Greinke would have been set as "slim" on Friday morning... But it's worth exploring, with Fernandez clearly a better pitcher than Corbin: three years younger and with an ERA+ of 160 to this point, compared to Corbin's 106. Both pitchers appear to have made a full recovery from their Tommy John surgery, and also have three years of team control left. It would depend what the "+" happened to be in that deal. One would imagine it would need to be significant, and long-term, given a straight Corbin for Fernandez swap wouldn't seem to be in the Marlins' best interest, given their apparent punting of 2016.
Arizona are, naturally, far from the only team interested - the Dodgers, in particular, are also reported to be in on Fernandez, no doubt their desire heightened by the loss of Greinke. To give you some idea, this is what the Marlins wanted from Los Angeles:
How exorbitant is the price on Jose Fernandez? Sources say the Marlins have asked the Dodgers for Julio Urias and Corey Seager.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 7, 2015
That's a high price. But there's no doubt that getting Fernandez would go a long way to addressing the Dodgers' pitching needs, in the wake of Greinke's departure/