Year after year the the issue/question comes up regardless of the Mariners' or for that matter Felix's performance during the first half of the season.
In short, I honestly hate this question.
I hate it, not because I fail to see the logic in it, but because for the rest of the world beyond Puget Sound it seems to be an inevitable truth...some day Felix Hernandez will be traded.
For those of us living in the shadows of baseball's hierarchy it's downright frustrating, if not insulting.
Currently, Felix is under contract through 2014, so odds are he's staying put for this summer.
But could someone make the Mariners and their GM Jack Zduriencik a deal he couldn't refuse?
Right now the M's have a handful of young pitchers within their farm system capable of some day making their staff one of the league's best. At the same time, the ideal is to have King Felix serving as the veteran ace leading that group within the next two years.
Therefore if anyone is going to make a deal for Felix, it's going to require a king's ransom. For the sake of entertainment purposes, here are a few potential scenarios that might get Jack Z to pick up the phone...but still politely decline.