One of the few front office executives mingling with the mass of reporters in the Marriott lobby is Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik. One month ago, at the GM meetings, Zduriencik showed up early and was quickly asked about the possibility of trading Felix Hernandez.
Amazing how much has changed.
As of today, the idea of Hernandez being traded seems more like a pipedream. The Mariners have all but finished a deal for Chone Figgins, they’re reportedly in on Jason Bay and there are talks of a Hernandez extension rather than a Hernandez trade. The Angels seem vulnerable and it might make sense for Seattle to make a run at the division rather than cut ties with their best young player.
For the Yankees, not having Hernandez on the market reinforces the idea that Roy Halladay is the best pitcher who might be available via trade. If Hernandez were a realistic target, I’d put him at the top of the list — younger, cheaper, entering his prime — but without King Felix, Halladay is easily the biggest and best name out there.