Re: Could Felix Hernandez be available in the offseason?
posted at 9/15/2011 8:10 PM EDT
In Response to Could Felix Hernandez be available in the offseason?
[QUOTE]Considering how thin this years free agent class is in terms of quality starting pitching, this offseason would appear to be the perfect time for the mariners to deal felix hernandez. Why would they deal him? Well there are multiple reason. This biggest and most obvious reason being that he is the only player on the mariners that could bring back the kind of return the m's need. They are not even close to contending and wont be for years to come. As a starting pitcher, felix hernandez can only do some much for the m's. They have way too many holes that need to be filled before they will be able to contend. Ichiro is getting to the end of his career and the m's dont have much in terms of outfield prospects. chone figgins has been aweful at 3rd, they need help at short, heck they could use a catcher as well. Enter the red sox. They have guys like ranuado, middlebrooks, iglesias, reddick, kalish, lavarnway etc who could fill those holes for the m's. That is one thing the sox farm system has that others do not. quality prospects at various positions. What it comes down in the end is the fact that it makes no sense for the m's to keep king felix. They are at least 2 or 3 years away from contending.
By then they could have pineda, hultzen, and ranuaduo anchoring that rotation. This is a move that makes sense.
Posted by redsoxpride34[/QUOTE]
Is it already time to start rationalizing reasons why the Mariners “need” to move Hernandez?
They just extended him not all that long ago, so they clearly are stating they intend to keep him. They have several good young position players already in the majors, such as Ackley, Smoak, Carp, Ryan, and Treyvon Robinson.
Any why are they “two to three years” away from competing? That is a standard blanket statement in every post on the internet rationalizing why Team A should hand over their best player for pennies on the dollar. Every single post. Ben Franklin said it best when he said “There are only 3 certainties in life. Death, taxes, and random people insisting the Mariners are 2 to 3 years away from competing because they want them to trade Felix Hernandez.”
Was Arizona "two to 3 years away" last year, when they came in last in the NL West? Was Detroit, at 81-81, "2-3 years away"? Or Milwaukee, who finished 77-85 last year? All these teams turned it around on one season.
Reality check. While the Mariners had a rough season, there is no reason that team cannot compete next season. Texas is having pitching issues and is probably going to lose CJ Wilson, and the rest of that team is getting older. In 2012, the only starting position players under 29 will be Elvis Andrus. The Angels have excellent starting pitching, but are certainly not a dominant force to worry about. And the Mariners just received a boatload of young players for Fister and Bedard and have a decent farm system that is giving them good players.
The Mariners apparently chose Hultzen (who is the same age as Pineda) for the express purpose of having a 1-2-3 of Hernandez, Pineda and Hultzen. I doubt they play to deviate from it simply because rapidly growing number of experts on the internet says they are “2 to 3 years away.”