The Marlins have opened preliminary extension talks with young players Jose Fernandez, Christian Yelich and Adeiny Hechavarria, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Today's news comes on the heels of multiple reports that the Marlins are focusing on locking up Giancarlo Stanton, who seems open to discussing a long-term extension.
Rosenthal notes that an extension involving Fernandez, who is represented by Scott Boras, is considered unlikely at this point, and that the Marlins are trying to "build a club that can sustain success". At this point, it looks like the team's main focus is on Stanton, though looking to sign the other three players shows that they have identified the core of players who they would like to have on their team for the next few years.
Stanton is only under team control through the 2016 season, while Hechavarria and Fernandez are under control for four more seasons and Yelich will not be a free agent until after the 2019 season.