I know Seattle is reluctant to sell him, but I would like to hear your ideas on a possible trade scenario for Felix Hernandez, how much do you think it will take to get him?
And if you were in Ben Cherrington's chair what would you be willing to give up for Felix Hernandez?
Here is my take:
Boston have currently three very highly rated prospects in Xander Bogaerts, Matt Barnes and Jackie Bradley. I know this community values them a lot and would hate to see them leave as has been discussed on some previous posts here, but you have to give up talent to be able to acquire the star caliber player Felix Hernandez is.
We also have some assets in the Majors, but to put some leverage on this kind of deal I would only consider Clay Buchholz and Felix Dubront. Buchholz can still put it together this year and had some success in the past to sell his case, also his contract is not to expensive and runs for at least another three years; Dubront is also under team control for several more years and I believe he would be great in Seattle (big park and all).
Now what do you think of a package with one of Buchholz or Dubront and one of the top three together with 2 or 3 prospects from the second string, I am not including Lavarnway here because I don't think Seattle would be interested having Montero, but Kalish, Ranaudo, Iglesias, Cecchini, Brentz, Jacobs... we have a deep pool there as well.
All and all I really think Boston is missing some "star" power, specially in the rotation, someone to pull ahead and Hernandez would be the perfect candidate for the job.