Although the MLB trade deadline has come and gone, trades may still be completed via waiver wire, and playoff contending teams are still able to shore up their rosters as they make a playoff push.
Questions regarding the future of Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez have floated through the blogosphere, but everything that was said was made meaningless when Hernandez said he wanted to stay in Seattle and help the Mariners win a World Series.
But, teams get desperate. Baseball is about to get the most intense it's been all season, and general managers will aggressively attempt to make any last-minute improvements to their club that could send them into the postseason.
If the right offer came across for King Felix, would the Mariners pull the trigger?
First of all, Hernandez would have to first clear waivers, and then a package of players would have to be offered which would be too good to refuse. If the Angels offered up Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, and perhaps Peter Bourjos and a young pitcher, a conversation may ensue.
Young, proven players are all Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik could possibly even consider in exchange for one of the best pitchers in baseball, in my opinion, second behind Justin Verlander.
But would Jack Z even think about letting Felix go in the wake of his perfect game?
Hernandez is just 26 years old and is signed through 2014. By that time, Seattle will have rebuilt and developed their young players, including a handful of pitching prospects, and I think they'll be able to contend for a playoff berth.
Felix, along with prospects James Paxton, Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen, could form one of the best pitching rotations in all of baseball, and in my opinion that's too much to jeopardize.
On a money making note, with Ichiro now a member of the New York Yankees, Felix is the lone superstar on Seattle's roster, in other words the only player who will generate significant revenue.
Without him, the roster will be loaded with relatively nameless players in the eyes of most casual fans, and the already dismal attendance will plummet.
For several reasons, both financial and baseball-wise, the Seattle Mariners must not part with King Felix Hernandez.