Should the Red Sox Sign King Félix?

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Felix Hernández wants to pitch in 2020.  The Red Sox have the need for cost friendly starters coming into next season.  Should Chaim Bloom and company sign the former Cy Young award winner to a minor league deal to pitch in Boston?


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Hernández is not the same pitcher he was at the beginning of his career.  One can argue that King Félix is a shell of himself and more of a back of the rotation starter at this point in his career. 

The 33-year old veteran is coming off a year in Seattle where he posted a 1-8 record and a 6.21 ERA.  In the words of Kevin McCallister from Home Alone, “Buzz, your girlfriend, woof.” 

While he’s been a shell of himself, could he bring value and versatility to the rotation and potentially as a long reliever when necessary for the Sox? 

The Red Sox on paper have Chris Sale, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Perez for the rotation next season.  Hernández could compete for a spot and provide depth. 

Shop for officially licensed MLB Caps from New Era at Shop.MLB.comHernández was one of the most dominating starters in baseball from 2009-2015.  During that span he was an All-Star every year but one, 2010, and he won double digits in each of those seasons.  He won 100 games from ‘09-‘15,  posted an ERA under 2.50 three times, and struck out 200 plus batters from ‘09-‘14.  King Félix was nasty for the Mariners. 

King Félix has won a Cy Young, thrown a perfect game, and struck out 2,500 batters over his career.  He’s done all that with one major league team.  Hernández is the only pitcher to ever do that with one team. 

In his final start with the M’s last season, Hernández left everything he had on the mound for the Mariners fans.  The Mariners icon and fan favorite ended his 15-year career giving up three runs on five hits, four walks over 5 1/3 innings in a 3–1 loss to the Oakland A’s. 

After that loss, in his post game press conference Hernández vowed to continue to pitch.  We’ll see if I find a job,” said Hernández.  “But I’m not retiring.  I don’t know what’s going to happen next year or what they’re going to do, but we’ll see.”

The Red Sox have tried to acquire Hernández in the past, in fact, Theo Epstein tried to trade for the former ace back in 2009.  The Red Sox, Mariners and Padres discussed a blockbuster deal that would have sent the King to Fenway.  According to The Seattle Times, the Red Sox reportedly offered eight prospects for King Félix. 

If Epstein would have acquired Hernández his ‘09-‘15 span would have been like Pedro Martinez 2.0.  Red Sox Nation has never seen anything like when Martinez was here during his run.  If they added Hernández, the span of dominance he had would have been amazing to watch.  From a hindsight being 20/20, Epstein not making that trade allowed him to move some of those prospects for other players to help the Sox, but that would have been something. 

While Hernández looks for a home in 2020, the Red Sox should at least consider the former ace.  He projects mainly as a fourth or fifth starter, and that’s fine.  The Red Sox need depth and versatility at this point.  A minor league deal and invitation to Spring Training at this point seems likely for King Félix no matter where he goes.  Even if Hernández could give the Red Sox some quality innings it could be seen as a win for Bloom. 

The Red Sox CBO has been looking for low-cost, budget-friendly deals.  Hernández fits that mold.  Who knows, maybe they catch lightning in a bottle for a year.  If not, baseball fans will always be able to remember the dominance of Hernández.  

I wouldn’t count out Hernández just yet.  If he’s healthy he’ll be a sneaky addition to any back end of a rotation. 

King Félix has been dominant, and in the words of Mel Brooks, “It’s Good to Be the King.”

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