Re: We need Felix Hernandez; Seattle needs offense-make your best offer.
posted at 10/6/2011 3:29 PM EDT
In Response to Re: We need Felix Hernandez; Seattle needs offense-make your best offer.
[QUOTE]First off - Slomag, you are correct on his years in AAA - thanks. And although Lars Anderson had good numbers, he has never been as highly rated as Montero. Let's look at all the talking points for a moment as I am not suggesting that Montero alone with some fill-ins get it done. I don't know if Seattle is in budget mode right now. My conversation here is based on that being true. If it is not, then this is just conversation for fun. And I went with it since the thread revolved around King Felix. Hernandez is scheduled to make $18 mil next year and by 2014, it is up to $20 million. That is a large chunk of Seattle's budget, especially in light of Ichiro @ 17 million next year as well. Montero may very well place out to be only a DH. But A DH who is only 21 and at minimum salary is not hard to overlook, especially what most think he will do in the Majors. .300, 30 + , 100 + I also stated Betances and Hughes. Hughes does have to prove himself again, but he was an all-star. And Betances is still a year away, but a highly rated prospect. This it is not an unfair offer, IMHO. Maybe there needs to be some tweaking. Now I am not saying that Seattle would make such a deal, but if both teams were so inclined, it certainly is a good starting point. As to the other players you mentioned, not really following. if you are talking about straight up trades, I have to agree with you. But, if you look at what Boston gave up for Gonzalez, an everyday GG 1B, I it was a whole lot less than this. So anything is in the realm of possibility.
Posted by jesseyeric[/QUOTE]
Anderson was as high as #17 in the BA top 100 in 2009 - one slot below Mike Stanton. That's not as high as Montero's #3, but it's pretty significant. Montero's drop-off was not nearly as dramatic as Anderson's, but it was a drop-off at a time when he was expected to improve. Betances, too, was unable to take a step forward this year. I'm sorry, but I don't see Montero, Hughes & Betances even opening the door to Felix Hernandez. In my scenario, Gardner or Nova (whose stock has gone way up) would be the centerpiece with Montero and Betances the complements.
Yes, the Sox landed Gonzalez for less, but that was primarily because he had only one year of control left (Hernandez has three), and he had stated publicly there would be no home-town discounts. Seattle isn't really a small market - if they think Felix is the key to their long-term success, I expect they will spend money to keep him.