OK, time to move forward......
Anyone interested in King Felix?
Would anyone do this deal?
The Mariners in recent weeks touched base with the Cubs on shortstop Starlin Castro, asked the Royals about designated hitter Billy Butler, talked to other clubs about other hitters.
None of the talks progressed, according to major league sources. Virtually every team contacted the Cubs about Castro after a published report said he was available (he wasn’t). Butler, too, remains relatively untouchable (he’s under club-friendly salaries through 2015, and the Royals consider him a core piece.)
The point is not that a trade is about to happen; the Mariners just were doing their due diligence, conducting their normal pre-July business. No, the point is that the Mariners are in position to make a trade happen — if they choose.
Let’s go back to the Royals. No, they couldn’t afford Hernandez’s contract. But they could send back Butler, get cash in the deal and include say, top outfield prospect Wil Myers and/or top pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi.
Think the Mariners wouldn’t be tempted by such an offer? Think the Royals wouldn’t want King Felix through 2014 at say, $12 million to $14 million per season, even for a steep acquisition price?
If not this deal, what would you be willing to offer?
We have a surplus of minor league talent that we can leverage to acquire talent that would never sign with us in free agency.
I doubt I'd do Butler+Myers+Odorizzi for Felix, but I think that's a reasonable starting point to negotiate from.