Just talked to Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik. His highest profile pitcher — and highest profile player outside of Ichiro — will be the subject of trade rumors all winter, and Zduriencik said he won’t try to stop the calls about Felix Hernandez from pouring into his office. But he also said the Mariners are moving forward as if Hernandez will be their ace next season.
“He’s our property this year and next year, and we’re looking forward to him being part of the organization as we move forward,” Zduriencik said. “I can’t control other people calling and people wanting to have discussions. That’s the job to do and certainly we’re going to dot our i’s and cross our t’s. But where we stand right now is that he’s an integral part of what we’re doing and we’re looking forward to having him.”
As for Seattle’s possible interest in Hideki Matsui.
“I won’t comment on any free agent players,” he said. “I don’t think that’s in the best interest of the player or the organization.”