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The Mariners aren’t going anywhere within the division for a few years.
With both Texas and Los Angeles maximizing their time at the top, they have seemingly built juggernaut offenses capable of pulverizing the outfield seats.
As both continue to field supremely talented teams, the M’s have produced the equivalent of a farm team. It will certainly be a few years before the Mariners young talent begins to show glimpses of prosperity. Until that happens, the M’s will be stranded in the cellar of the AL West.
It was bad timing for Hernandez, seeing as he is seemingly in his peak during Seattle’s dearth of talent. Hernandez is already a Cy Young winner and will be an All-Star for the third time this year.
It is unfortunate he had the bad luck of pitching for this offense, but he has made the most of it. However, with his contract up after 2014, the M’s will need to choose the direction they are heading soon.
Most likely, they will need to choose to sign him during the middle of next season, so he is not prepared to leave in free agency.
If he does re-sign, the M’s will be guaranteeing millions of dollars to a 28-year-old pitcher who will be signed most likely until he is 35.
He will certainly command top dollar at that point, and if the M’s can’t improve, then what’s the point?
At the end of this season, they will certainly make some necessary moves and hopefully improve the roster. But, it would be optimistic to think Seattle can reclaim a top spot in the AL West by 2014 at this point.
However, by trading Hernandez and continuing to replenish the farm system, the M’s could show improvement down the road.
The rebuilding phase is a difficult pill to swallow, but if Felix is not a part of the rebuilding plan, then perhaps he should be dealt.