I haven't been keeping track of the minors very closely these last two years... But don't we have a decent amount of CF prospects? Why wouldn't we trade away from our alleged, supposed, probably not real, pitching surplus to acquire something we don't have, like a catcher?
I'm thinking he (or more likely, his agent) said it to coax out an offer from the Marlins - otherwise I don't think the Marlins were even thinking about doing it. It works to his benefit. He gets an extra offer and kind of sees where they're at (to make it a starting point as far as potential deals), then basically lets media and the fans view it as "cheap Marlins again" and that it just didn't work out (after all, he said he wanted to stay here - totally genuine and definitely not a strategy), then tests the FA market and gets any other team with bigger pockets to offer that 1 more year.