Seattle Mariners: How Long Until Felix Hernandez Gets Fed Up with Seattle?

Micah ChenAnalyst IIIApril 25, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 19:  Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Cleveland Indians at Safeco Field on April 19, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Felix Hernandez has shown tremendous loyalty to the Seattle Mariners.  He has shown the ability to stick it out through the 100-loss seasons and clubhouse drama.

All the gems that he has thrown that were wasted due to horrendous hitting, the quarter full stadiums every time he pitches—he has remained patient throughout it all.

This is not about trade speculation, as of right now the Mariners aren't even considering shopping him.

But at some point in time Felix is going to snap.  It's not a matter of it is it going to happen, it's when.

I really appreciate his loyalty to the Mariners brand, but in the back of his head, he knows that he could be doing greater things right now.

He could be a consistent 20-game winner easily if he played on a team with a top-15 offense, no doubt about it.

He has the ability to make a average team good, and a good team great.  In the case of the Mariners, he has the ability to make a horrendous team into a semi-decent team. 

In the past, the Mariners have semi-shopped Felix.  A trade almost fell through in which he would go to Boston for five of the top Boston prospects. 

It never fell through mainly because the Mariners didn't like the offer, but partly because Felix didn't want to leave Seattle.

But that happened when Felix was 23 years old, and chose loyalty over success.

But as players grow older, they start to realize that they aren't going to be young and dominant forever.  The window of success that a player has isn't has big as they realize.  Priorities start to change. 

Quite honestly, if Felix wanted to leave Seattle, it's hard to blame him.  Especially in the state that the Mariners are in: swimming in a sea of mediocrity, competing with the powerhouse Texas Rangers and the rising Angels.

The Mariners look at least three years away from being perennial contenders.

By that time Felix will be 29, closing on 30.  While that still is young, these next three years are going to be the best years of his career before the slow process of deterioration begins.

Does he really want to waste those years on a team that is in full-on rebuilding mode? 

Don't lie, if you were Felix, you would probably leave Seattle as well.