It's no question. The Seattle Mariners are sitting at the bottom of the league. They are a horrible team and are at least the second worst team, just trailing the Houston Astros. Because of this, the Mariners ought to follow an Astros' game plan.
You would think that after a season of being the second-worst team in the MLB, just behind the Pittsburgh Pirates, that the Mariners would be improving. They added Michael Pineda, a stellar rookie starter in the rotation behind Felix Hernandez. But, who cares? Even with one of the best rotations in the majors, the Mariners suck (excuse my language).
The offense of Seattle is equal to that of a Triple-A team. When Jack Zduriencik says that he does not want to mortgage the future of the team, he is fibbing. This team has no future, especially not with the players that are on the team currently.
Zduriencik is definitely on the hot seat after trying to invent his own type of money ball. This guy honestly has no clue what he is doing and should follow the simple game plan of going after good starting pitching and a power offense. He has the starting pitching in place already. So, he screwed up this team by not doing the one thing he needed to do: offense.
You're absolutely crazy if you think that Seattle has a future. Let us assume that the Mariners retain Hernandez and Pineda for ever and ever. It has become apparent that, after so many years, King Felix is fed up with this B.S.
Take a look at his performance against the Boston Red Sox this week. Hernandez knows that he will never ever win a World Series on the Mariners, at least not for the next five to 10 years. It is pretty sad to think that his contract will be long done before then.
Is there a possibility Felix Hernandez is traded?
Why retain Hernandez? I honestly do not see a reason to do so if I am the Mariners. Hernandez is obviously concerned with winning, like 99.9 percent of starting pitchers. Winning is something the Mariners do one-third of the time (the team literally had close to that as a winning percentage last season and will be around that mark again this year).
If he is concerned with winning and the Mariners cannot build a good team in four years, which they will not, Hernandez will walk. It is as plain and simple as that.
The Mariners already have Michael Pineda, who will eventually outperform King Felix. The reason for this is that all of Hernandez's talent seems to be disintegrating on a losing team. Plus, Seattle has a bunch of pitching prospects on their solid farm system: Taijuan Walker, Mauricio Robles, Dan Cortes, etc.
Seattle does not need a surfeit of pitching. Even with Hernandez and Pineda, they managed to become the worst team in baseball during this second half stretch. They need to dish out Hernandez and deal for power offense.
With this in mind, Zduriencik and Eric Wedge need to be fired, in order to start new and build a new type of atmosphere. It will be tough, however, because these guys were supposed to be bringing in a new environment.
Believe it or not, the New York Yankees could be perfect trade partners. The Bombers are desperate for starting pitching, as they know that Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett suck.
The Yankees will do anything and everything in the world to get Felix Hernandez. Here is a possible deal.
Adam Warren and/or David Phelps
I italicized Ivan Nova because he could be used if the Mariners are not satisfied. In this deal, the Mariners would be getting starters in Warren and Phelps who are ready for the big leagues and have been tested in Triple-A.
They have pitched stellar, and by Saturday, Warren will have a big league start under his belt. They even have two stud pitchers in Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances who are pitching well in Double-A.
Jesus Montero, one of the best prospects in baseball, compliments this plethora of talent by giving the Mariners the bat they need. The Mariners will get a legit DH in this deal, along with four or five shots (depending on whether or not Ivan Nova is included) at getting a Felix Hernandez-type pitcher.
The Mariners get huge value from this deal and the Yankees get what they are looking for. It's a win-win, especially since Felix could regress from here on out on the losing Mariners team. The Smoak-Montero combination could be deadly.
Another way I see this deal happening is if the Red Sox can complete the sweep of Seattle today, and if the Yankees can sweep the Mariners at Yankee Stadium. This would give Seattle an 18-game losing streak, which would cause conflict in the front office to wheel and deal.