Imagine it's Sunday, July 31st,it's past the trading deadline, and my Yankees are in 1st place. You hear the news that Brian Cashman just acquired Felix Hernandez.
Sabathia/Hernandez would be a formidable one-two punch.
And Brian will be calling Seattle’s GM Jack Zduriencik before the trading deadline about trading the American League’s best pitcher.
My Yankees will be willing to open the vault of prospects to the Mariners, and that includes Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, among others.
And the reason for us Yankees fans to be optimistic that Cashman can make this deal is the following:
The Mariners’ continue to slide into oblivion in the AL West. They are tied for the worst record in baseball, along with the league’s worst run differential. Not only do the Mariners project to another 90-loss season, but their fans are just as plugged in to the pessimism.
Attendance at Safeco Field is down 23.1 percent from last year, the second-steepest drop in the majors. The secondary question is whether the Mariners can afford to keep Hernandez when his salary spikes to $18.5 million, $19.5 million and $20 million from 2012-2014.
GM Zduriencik is fighting a hopeless battle against time – no one envisions the Mariners getting to the World Series before the King’s contract expires in 2014. The addition of four to five top-rated prospects, however, likely would accelerate the Mariners’ renaissance.