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Jack Zduriencik REALLY doesn’t want to trade Felix Hernandez

Jul 10, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Felix Hernandez

I wouldn’t think the Mariners would want to trade Felix Hernandez for anything, but I thought the same thing about Kevin Youkilis and Cole Hamels once, so what do I know?

In the event that teams are interested in the guy, however, know this: Jack Zduriencik thinks you should probably not bother. Here’s what he told Jon Heyman:

“He ain’t going anywhere … He’s staying right here. Who’s going to give me what I’d need to get for him? You’re always going to be looking for him if you don’t have him. We’re going to enjoy Felix Hernandez in a Mariners uniform. We love him. And he loves the Mariners … When you have the best or near the best, why would you want to trade him? I’m just not in the mood to trade Felix Hernandez.”

I think that’s the trade denial that every other GM’s “we have no plans to trade Player X at this time … we would like to see Player X in a Team Y uniform for many, many years” denial should be judged against.

  1. icanspeel - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    In other non trading news.. Lots of other players on other teams won’t be traded either.

  2. ame123 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Hamels isnt gonna get traded btw. You heard it here first.

    • atworkident - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Vincente Padilla won’t be a Yankee any time soon either. Heard it here first.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      No, we heard it from lots of other people first who also have no inside information or analytical ability.

      If the Phillies can’t sign him to a decent extension, it makes sense to get something for him rather than let him walk and getting nothing in return. Unless other teams won’t give up more value than the draft pick compensation, but given how many buyers there would be for Hamels, that’s doubtful.

  3. funkygoorilla - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    If you are a pitcher of this guys abilities, and you are on a perpetually bad team, wouldn’t you want to at some point go to a different team to have a chance at doing anything except for watching the playoffs from home ? Hernandez to the Yankees!

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Yeah, because the last trade they made with the Yanks is working out oh so well.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        that trade really isn’t working out so well for either team, actually

      • djpostl - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        Even if Pineda never regains form, Montero & Noesi have been horrible. The handful of wins Campos has gotten in A ball is a fair trade right now.

        Pineda + Campos = a winner down the road.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        perhaps, but Montero and Noesi still could possibly turn it around, too, and there’s always a chance that Pineda won’t bounce back from the injury. I can see how you could say that the Yankees are ahead right now, but it’s far from a clear win for either side.

    • geoknows - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      He’s said multiple times that he wants to stay in Seattle.

      And the Yankees do not have what they would need to trade for him.

      • hodaghunter - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        Well when the Brewers acquired CC Sabathia a few years back he said it constantly how much he loved Milwaukee and how badly he wanted to stay in Milwaukee no matter what. Brewers extended a huge offer to keep him and CC bolted for the Yankees for… *drumroll* an extra 3 million dollars more over a 5 year period. Don’t believe anything a pro says.

    • pisano - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Yeah right, ask the Yankees if they would like to undo that Pineda deal.

  4. crispybasil - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    As a Red Sox Fan, I just want to say that it would be really great to have Zduriencik come out to New England for a month long tour of the radio shows and newspapers where he explains to fans why Ellsbury and Buchholz do not a trade for King Felix make.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      Because it’s not enough? So it’ll take a lot more than a cost controlled pitcher who can’t stay healthy (Buccholz) and a guy who can’t stay healthy but is a FA after this year (Ellsbury) for an elite starting pitcher.

      • crispybasil - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        Right, that’s what I was alluding to. I didn’t mean it as, “He’d be CRAZY for not taking that awful offer!” I mean it as, “Silly little Sox fans.”

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Can I do that job? I want that job. As a Yankee fan, I would really enjoy that job.

    • southpaw2k - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Let’s see – the Mariners gave up Adam Jones and Chris Tillman, along with two other prospects, for Erik Bedard. At the time, both Jones and Tillman were considered home run prospects and the prizes for the Orioles in the trade. Do you really think that Buchholz and Ellsbury would be fair market value for Felix? Or do you just like dreaming up fantasy trades like this where your team doesn’t have to give up the world for an ace like Felix?

    • bradybbgoat - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Ells and Buccholz won’t get it done. With the season he is having, no one wants Clay anyways.

      I would guess that any Hernandez trade would have to involve Matt Barnes and Jackie Bradley for prospects. Then, they would also need some elite MLB talent. That would mean Ellsbury. It also wouldn’t shock me if they had to include one of: Middlebrooks, Doubront, Lavarnway.

      Such a trade would cripple the Sox farm system. And plus, I’m still not sure Seattle does it. There is a chance Barnes will become a great pro pitcher, but he still doesn’t project to King Felix status. And by every indication Zduriencik wants someone comparable if he is to make any move at all.

      Sox fans need to give up on Felix as the next Pedro-esque savior.

      • lardin - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        A fair trade for King Felix starts with Lester AND Ellsbury. It would either Lavarnway or Middlebrooks and Barnes or Bradley. So, would you trade Lester, Ellsbury, Middlebrooks and Barnes for Felix Hernandez? I am not even sure thats enough…

    • crispybasil - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      My point is exactly what you are all saying. Sox fans are obssessed with Hernandez, just as they were with A-Gone for a while, and think that the most mediocre packages will get it done. They’re ALWAYS coming up with “ideal” packages on Radio…even some of the beat writers are starting to do so.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        (responding to your post below mine above as well)

        Ah gotcha. However, look at the actual trades that have gone through recently. How many of those minor leaguers actually panned out? It almost seems like it’s better to be one of the last team’s involved in the trade, where the trading team has to accept you won’t get six A+ blue chip prospects, and makes a deal for what you can get.

        Like the proposed Santana/Yanks trade a few years back. Rumor was the Twins wanted Joba + Montero + Hughes and one other I think. They ended up getting far less.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    If you owned the Mariners, would you let JZ handle the Felix trade? For what, another “can’t miss” prospect like Smoak or Montero? And would they replace him with a rocking free agent signing like Figgins?

    Let’s face it, that team has one good thing going and one thing only: Felix. Maybe a package of Harper AND Strasburg would get it done, but don’t hold your breath…

    • number42is1 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      did you just say that Strass and Harper are possibly NOT = Felix?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

        What I am saying is that any package with less certainty than a Stras+Harp would be PR suicide for JZ, but any package that good would not be coming along anytime soon.

    • kkolchak - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Um…dream on. At this point Strasburg for Felix straight up would be a bad deal for the Nats given that Stras is under contract for five more years and Felix for only two.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      I prefer to think of the suggested Strasburg + Harper for Felix deal as just a fine piece of sarcasm.

      • kkolchak - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        Remember that dopey analyst (can’t remember who it was) who during Strasburg’s rookie year said the Nats would be wise to trade him for Roy Oswalt STRAIGHT UP? :D

      • gloccamorra - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:05 PM

        Wasn’t that former Mets GM Steve Phillips? Do you wonder why he’s not a GM anymore?

  6. heyblueyoustink - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    “I’m just not in the mood to trade Felix Hernandez”

    I wonder if this is something he consults his mood ring about.

    • kkolchak - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      It just means he’s thinking with his heart rather than his head. Felix is only under contract for two more years and Seattle has years worth of rebuilding to do. Trading Felix now, when his value will never be higher, is the tough business decision the Mariners need to make if they hope to get batter any time soon.

      • wolfmagic2012 - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Nope… Keep King Felix. We tried the bs “trade talent to get talent” and it has never repeat never worked. Keep Felix – we’ve got great pitching prospects… We need offense. If we can make it to the huge TV deal, we can then have the scratch to go and get real talent, however, with his track record, I’m not sure Jack Z is the man for the job. Add to that an owner who doesn’t give a crap about the game, and you can see the Seattle dillemma.

  7. uyf1950 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    As the singer Meatloaf once sang “Two out 3 ain’t bad”. 1 Great City, Seattle. 2 Great Pitcher, King Felix. Unfortunately #3 is a really miserable baseball team.
    By the time Felix is a FA assuming he does become one for the 2015 season he is going to have over 2,000 innings on that arm. He will have pitched between 190 and 250 innings in 9 consecutive years. And while he will still be young only 29 for the 2015 season that’s a lot of wear and tear on a pitcher.
    By comparison Hamels who will be a FA at the end of this season and will turn 29 as well when he is a FA will only have about 1,400 innings on his arm.
    That 600 extra innings that will be on Felix’s arm equates to about 3 extra seasons of work for Felix Hernandez.
    IF Hernandez goes and where that might be no one knows, but as Sean Connery once said never say never.

  8. townballblog - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    I actually thought that was a “you can have him…for pretty much your entire roster” kinda comment.

  9. lumpyf - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Based on Zdurencik’s track record, I wouldn’t want him trading Felix either. Under him, the Mariners are on track to put up the worst 3 year period of offensive futility in baseball history. With no end in sight.

  10. randygnyc - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Y A N K E E S ! ! ! !

    • marinersnate - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Exactly what is it you think that the Yankees have left to trade? They have just about zero position player prospects above A+ and all these over-hyped Yankees pitching prospects (the so-called “Killer Bee’s”) wouldn’t even net you a a middle reliever let alone King Felix.

      Although I will admit that Zduriencik was dumb enough once to trade you a #2 starting pitcher for a RH platoon DH (in Safeco no less) so I guess anything is possible.

  11. IdahoMariner - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Felix is ours. You can’t have him.
    Y’all have winning records and shots at playoffs and whatnot. Let us have this. You will be fine without him, and he is what makes being a mariner fan bearable right now. Felix pitching. Brendan Ryan’s defense. Two things that are always fun to watch. (I just close my eyes when Ryan comes up to bat)

  12. dallasstars9 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Don’t guys like Felix and Ichiro wake up every morning with that Oh Sh*t moment when they realize they still play for the Mariners?

  13. kast2l - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    besides the figgins deal I feel like his deals weren’t bad at the time, they just turned out that way. To get players like Bedard was on the O’s u gotta trade away PROSPECTS. They turn out to be good major league players than awesome but if u keep them and they don’t, your criticized. Nature of the beast.

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