Originally written June 14, 2013 on Oregon Sports News:
As the Seattle Mariners toil through another lackluster season, many have begun to wonder if this team will ever be competitive again. Fan interest is at an all-time low with only one true star to rally around; that poor soul being Felix Hernandez. As the Mariners drudge through what feels like their 10th straight rebuilding year, some have started to question if trading the ace might actually be in the best interest of the club. While that seemed almost sacrilegious a couple years ago, it’s becoming more plausible with every passing month of Mariner obscurity. As it looks today, the Mariners are still a couple years away from even being relevant in the competitive AL West. The Oakland A’s have hit on a number of their prospects, something the Mariners have failed to do so far during the Jack Z era. The Texas Rangers, meanwhile, have made smart moves in free agency, most notably not resigning the likes of Josh Hamilton and CJ Wilson. These two teams appear to have the rosters to...
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