The team was expected to contend behind a strong offense and a 1-2 pitching punch of Hernandez and the newly acquired Cliff Lee. Instead, the exact opposite happened.
The Mariners largely underachieved in 2010 thanks to clubhouse infighting and an offense that never really clicked. Cliff Lee was traded to the Texas Rangers in July and Don Wakamatsu was relieved of his managing duties on August 9th. The team finished the season 61-101, last in the American League West.
Thus, with the team seemingly out of playoff contention for this season and the near future as well, trade rumors involving Felix Hernandez have circulated.
It makes sense for the Mariners, who are looking to rebuild in the next couple of years. On top of that, Hernandez will be a 28-year-old free agent after the 2014 season and odds are that he will leave Seattle for greener pastures.
If the team does indeed trade him, here are 10 teams that will certainly make offers.