A lot was made of the Red Sox's reported attempt to land Mariners ace Felix Hernandez at the trade deadline last July, so it's no surprise his name was one of the first to come up at the general managers meetings in Chicago on Monday.
When asked by reporters about Hernandez, Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said the 23-year-old Hernandez was a big part of his club's future.
"Felix is our property, we've got him for the next two years," Zdurienick said, according to WEEI.com. "That's about all I would say about him. I'm looking forward to seeing Felix pitch for us. We've got him for this year and next year and he's an integral part of everything we're doing. You can make an argument that he's the best guy in our league. He's certainly one of the best. I would say Top 3 anyway. Where we stand right now is that he's an integral part of what we're doing."
The Boston Globe reported over the weekend that, according to Hernandez's agent, Alan Nero, the Mariners were hoping to sign the right-hander to a long-term deal. The Globe also reported that as of Monday, the firm that represents Hernandez had not received a contract proposal but have been told there is one coming.
Hernandez was 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA for Seattle last season.