There is only one king in the city of Seattle and his kingdom is Safeco Field. But for many Mariner fans, it seems as if every other week there is news of other teams trying to storm the castle and remove him from the Emerald City.
General manager Jack Zduriencik and ownership can continue to promise that they will not be trading Felix anytime soon, but as the time ticks away on his current contract, there is no reason to think that it couldn't happen. After all, nobody expected to see Ichiro in another uniform.
If the Mariners want to keep Felix as a "Mariner for life," there are a few things that will have to happen first.