After watching him pitch Thursday night, it doesn’t take Dr. Charles Steinberg’s great vision, or Ben Cherington’s great baseball mind, to understand that King Felix fits perfectly with Boston.
The best part of it is that the Red Sox and Mariners would make terrific trading partners.
The Sox have two guys from the Northwest — Jon Lester and Jacoby Ellsbury — who would probably love to come home. The dropoff from Hernandez to Lester isn’t overly substantial, and the gain of Ellsbury, a player who would electrify the Mariners’ offense, would be significant.
The Red Sox would probably need to get a little more in return for giving up their No. 1 pitcher and last season’s runner-up for American League MVP. The Mariners could be kind and throw in Franklin Gutierrez or Michael Saunders.
Or the Mariners could get greedy and say, “OK, we’ll make the deal, if you take Chone Figgins.”
Cafardo has been beating the drum for a "true No. 1" pitcher all season it seems like, but this seems like a drastic idea ... even as bizarre speculation. If the Sox truly were thinking of trading Lester and/or Ellsbury, wouldn't it make more sense to send them in separate deals and get quantity over one piece of quality?
Given this seems more fantasy than reality, if it were on the table ... would it be worth it?
Edited by E5 Yaz, 30 June 2012 - 12:47 PM.