Seattle’s ace has had a hot start in the 2012 season, with a small slump in the middle that had Mariners fans mildly concerned. Hernandez answered back with his last three amazing games against The Padres, The Red Sox, and The Orioles combining to throw 31 strikeouts, two walks, and six earned runs, capping it off with an invite to the 2012 All-star games.
“Felix is an All-Star,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “Like I told you after his last outing, that’s the best I’ve seen him since I’ve been here. For me to say that about a guy that good, that’s saying a lot. It’s well-deserved. He’ll help them if it’s needed. I’m excited for him and his family.”
This will be Hernandez’s third time visiting the All-Star games. He had been called up in 2009 as well as 2011. In his ’09 appearance, the ace had thrown one scoreless inning, but in his ’10 visit, he was not allowed to pitch because he had thrown the game before that All-Star match-up.
The rules have changed this year, allowing pitchers that have played the day before to take the mound if they choose to or not. Which is good due to the fact that, much like last season, Hernandez will be throwing against there AL rivals, the Oakland A’s, two days before his All-Star appearance. Which he will most likely act on according to Ron Washington, the AL Manager and Texas Rangers head coach.
“I don’t think in Felix’s case, he’s going to come to the All-Star Game and not want to be a part of it,” Washington said.
Should the King’s head be on the trading block? There have been rumors of his possible relocation to another team in the AL. The Boston Red Sox could be an ideal location for Hernandez to go, helping him and the M’s. Seattle’s offense has been mildly stagnant until recently, but if Ichiro, Smoak, and Montero can’t keep their bats hot, their may be a mind to get better in the offense and give off their three-time All-Star.
Nick Cafardo suggests that Boston would be willing to throw in a package deal, bundling both left hander Jon Lester and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Besides the issues that M’s fans would have with losing their beloved King, neither of the these players would be free agents until the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Again, all this “trade to” speculation is rumor and no one in the Mariners offices have even hinted at the idea that Hernandez will be leaving soon. So fear not M’s fans and enjoy watching your ace return to his All-Star status in the upcoming game in Kansas City this season.
(All information taken from ESPN and Larry Stone of the Seattle Times)