OK, that second part is unconfirmed, but the first part is real. Predictably, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told the Yankees that King Felix was "absolutely not" available, presumably while trying not to laugh. On Wednesday, Zduriencik told Heyman by text message that "I have no interest in trading Felix."
The Seattle fan base is hanging by a thread, and trading Hernandez would cause a riot no matter what the Mariners got back. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times suggested the following return package as a starting point for talks: Phil Hughes, Robinson Cano, Jesus Montero, another player, and the Yankees taking Milton Bradley and his black hole of a contract. The Yankees would never do that, and the Mariners probably couldn't accept any less for a 24-year-old reigning Cy Young winner with four years left on his contract, so it's really a moot point. It's not happening.
-- David Andriesen