The Seattle Mariners (36-51) are still very much in a rebuilding stage and will be sellers this year at the trade deadline as they will be looking to add young talent.
Although Felix Hernandez is their best pitcher and has plenty of years ahead of him, the notion of Seattle parting ways with has come about this season, as his contract expires after 2014.
The main concern had been the Mariners' lack of success and the worry that Hernandez will want to play for a winning team, one which can also better reflect his pitching attributes in statistics.
King Felix was quoted as saying he wants to stay in Seattle, however.
"First of all, it's not my decision. I don't think they're going to trade me. I like Seattle, and I want to help the Seattle Mariners win a World Series."
That has to instill confidence in M's fans, and hopefully the front office will decide it's in the best interest of the franchise to keep their best player, one who is 26 and has won a Cy Young award and is making his third All Star appearance this week.
All that being said, you never know what will happen come July 31, so here are a handful of teams who could aggressively pursue Felix Hernandez.