Can you imagine Felix Hernandez pitching for the Texas Rangers? Of course, you can. However, he remains a fixture in the Seattle Mariners' starting rotation. The man who has the power to trade mound royalty is reluctant to, and with good reasons.
“The interesting thing about the Felix talk, you know, is that when clubs have called, no one’s breaking up their major league ball club. They’re giving you prospects,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said. “And I think where we’ve been, we’ve got some very nice young pitchers in our minor league system that we like. We’ve got some nice arms on the big league club. You trade Felix Hernandez, sure you might get back some pieces, but what you’re going to get back, for the most part, are going to be prospects. We know how that works.”
Zduriencik was a guest on last Sunday’s edition of Rain Delay Theater on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network when the Mariners and Rangers waited through a rain delay of more than two hours. He also discussed the Mariners second half, 2010 trade pieces Blake Beavan and Justin Smoak, Mariners needs, how the Mariners could compete with the Rangers in the future, manager Eric Wedge, and building an organization.
Zduriencik further explained why he won’t deal Hernandez.
“What we’d like to find is a four-hole hitter. That would help our team a whole lot more and keep Felix and try to build around him. He loves Seattle. He wants to stay there. He makes that clear. We’re anxious to keep him. He’s got two more years on a contract that he signed to and we’ll see what happens, but I don’t have any interest in trading Felix. I just don’t think that at the end of the day that if you get back a really nice looking prospect, that guy’s got to go a long way from wherever he’s at to still become a one-one. I think when you have that (in Felix Hernandez), you cherish that.”
The Rangers will not see King Felix in this weekend’s three-game series in Seattle.
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