Felix Hernandez (SEA)
The Yankees have been rumored to be interested in Hernandez’s services — like any team — for quite some time. A perennial Cy Young contender consistently putting up staggering numbers, he is one of the best of the game has to offer.
However, a calf injury derailed his first half, he has only made 10 starts, and the Mariners are quickly falling out of contention in the AL West. If there is anything that will lower his value the slightest bit from years prior, that would be it.
Not only does this move make sense for the Yanks for the second half of this year, but it makes sense moving forward as well. Signed to a lucrative deal through 2019 with a team option for 2020, he would fit into their plans for years to come.
When the 2019 free agency pool hits, the Yankees would not have to shop pitching. They would have a Hernandez-Tanaka duo that many teams wish they had.
Although this move seems more far off and unlikely, with everything having to fall into place, you can bet Brian Cashman will give Jerry Dipoto more than one call.