Think Felix Hernandez is going to be traded any time soon? Think again.
Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted probably the most definitive statement a general manager could possibly make. "He's not going anywhere," Jack Zduriencik said (via Twitter ). "We've got him. We'll keep him. We're not going to move him."
Any speculation about the Mariners possibly trading King Felix might stem from a midseason trade of Cliff Lee last season. But the situations couldn't be more apples and oranges. Lee was set to be a free agent at the end of 2010, so when the team fell out of the race, it only made sense to get something for him. Plus, Hernandez is only 24 years old. He's already been the best pitcher in the American League for the past two seasons -- and, no, that's not an arguable point -- and the Mariners have him locked up through 2014. Also, Seattle isn't exactly Kansas City in terms of market. The Mariners have a payroll of about $85 million for this season, which places them almost squarely in the middle (14th of 30) in the bigs.
In 2009, Hernandez went 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He struck out 217 hitters in 238 2/3 innings and finished second in Cy Young voting. In 2010, he went 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 232 strikeouts in a whopping 249 2/3 innings. He won the Cy Young award. If he keeps this up, he'll be in for a huge payday come 2015 free agency.
That's a long way away, though, and the Mariners might even be able to afford it. Just get used to seeing him in Mariner garb.
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