The Yankees are free to inquire on Felix Hernandez, but the Mariners do not figure to move a pitcher who is under contract for four more years – and, ahem, coming off his first American League Cy Young award.
The Red Sox, Yankees and Rays reportedly all pushed for Hernandez at the 2009 non-waiver deadline, when he was 2-1/2 years from free agency.
The Mariners, who balked at trading him then, should be even less interested in moving him now.
At this moment, it’s difficult to imagine how the Yankees could put together a package strong enough to even tempt the M’s. Perhaps things will change by the deadline or by next offseason, when Hernandez’s bigger salaries are looming.
As much as I'd love to see King Felix in Pinstripes, I just don't see it happening.