Just like the Nationals with Stephen Strasburg in 2012 and the Mets with Matt Harvey last season, the Miami Marlins will monitor ace Jose Fernandez' innings this year with the pitcher only being two summers removed from Tommy John surgery.
Add in the fact Fernandez is also represented by Scott Boras, and there are plenty of parallels. And much like the Mets with Harvey, the Marlins aim to avoid the backlash that can come with holding a pitcher back.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald wrote this week that the Marlins hope to have a plan for Fernandez "that ensures there will be no late-season controversy, as there was last year with New York Mets hurler Matt Harvey."
The Nationals took plenty of criticism for their shutdown of Strasburg in 2012, so the Mets took a different path in 2015 hoping to steer clear of a similar situation. They were able to pitch Harvey in the postseason, but they still took heat from fans and the media for their handling of his workload.
The Marlins believe they can push Fernandez to 180 innings, but it could get interesting if Miami finds themselves in a pennant race, as the Nats and Mets did with their own post-Tommy John pitchers.
No one seems to have found the perfect solution yet. We'll see if they have better luck in the public forum than the Nats and the Mets did.