King Felix “ain’t going anywhere”
I guess when you have a 25-year old stud who is one of the best pitchers on the planet, other teams will covet him. Such is the case with Felix Hernandez, who many teams would just love to get their hands on before this year’s trade deadline.
But, the general manager of the Seattle Mariners says to not even think about such a possibility.
“He ain’t going anywhere,” Jack Zduriencik told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. “He’s staying right here.”
And it doesn’t sound like King Felix wants to go anywhere anyway.
“I’ve got two more years to go on my contract,” said Hernandez. “It’s not my decision. But I would love to stay. I love Seattle. I love the organization, and the city.
“I would be disappointed [to be traded],” Hernandez added. “I don’t think they will do that. I love them. And I think they like me, too.”
Hernandez has a 3.13 ERA and might be the best young arm in all of baseball. So, Zduriencik raises a great point: who would give him what he’s really worth in trade?
“Who’s going to give me what I’d need to get for him? You’re always going to be looking for him if you don’t have him,” Zduriencik said. “We’re going to enjoy Felix Hernandez in a Mariners uniform. We love him. And he loves the Mariners.”
Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton are three top pitching prospects the Mariners have who should be with the club by some time next season. And the Mariners still can’t score runs, so in theory if they could get some high-end bats for King Felix, they wouldn’t be losing too much in the starting pitching area (if these young guys can, you know…actually pitch). Still, doesn’t look like it’s happening so we should stop worrying about it.