You’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating with the non-waiver trade deadline only 12 days away: The Seattle Mariners aren’t trading right-hander Felix Hernandez.
“Felix is part of this organization. We’ve signed him long term. It’s great to look at our rotation and see Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda and the rest of the guys we have,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday morning.
“Right now, there is no motivation to move him. We’re happy as well with him. We hope he’s here for a long time. It’s nice to know that every fifth day we’ve got Felix Hernandez pitching. That has been my stance all along.”
Zduriencik tells rival teams the same things privately that he says publicly. The New York Yankees occasionally call to see if the Mariners will reconsider their position on Hernandez, but Zduriencik has yet to give them any indication that the M’s will budge, according to a major league source.
Hernandez, 25, is in the second year of a five-year, $78 million contract.
— Ken Rosenthal