WASHINGTON -- Dealing with a nasty head cold and haven't left my hotel room on what is an off day for the Marlins before they return to action Wednesday against Gio Gonzalez and the Nats. Kevin Slowey will be on the hill for the Marlins, seeking his first major league win since 2010.
Jose Fernandez was scheduled to throw a 50-pitch "sim game" at Nationals Park this morning in preparation for his big-league debut on Sunday in New York. There's been quite a bit of debate surrounding the Marlins' decision to have Fernandez start the season with them rather than have the 20-year-old first gain some additional seasoning at Double A and, perhaps more significantly, push back the start of free agency by a year. I spoke about Fernandez and other Marlins-related issues this morning with ESPN's Keith Law. Here's the podcast of that discussion. I begin talking at about the 19:20 mark if you wish to fast forward.
Along those lines, here's an opinion piece on the matter in which Jeff Moore of The Hardball Times argues that the Fernandez decision was a bad one by the Marlins.
Tell us what you think. Should the Marlins have had Fernandez, who has never pitched above high A, gain more seasoning at Double A Jacksonville before bringing him up? Or did they make the right move?