I was pouring through articles on ESPN, and I ran across this gem.
Basically the idea is an old one, trade Felix now, reap the benefits of a team trying to get 2 guaranteed years of a top 5 pitcher in baseball. Noone around here likes this because of already discussed reasons, but I just want to ponder the proposed haul Felix would get from the example team, the St. Louis Cardinals
Copy/paste from the article
First off, let me say if the Cardinals did this, taking into account how much I love Felix Hernandez, would be making a crazy choice. 2 top 20 prospects, a choice of either a masher 1B with a crazy slash line in AAA, or a young everday starter on thier big league team..... oh and lets throw in a near top 50 prospect too. So in total (according to BA), we get these prospects from the Cardinals farm system based on team rankings
1,3,6,9 (or decent everyday starter on World Championship team)
Thats 4 of thier top 10... insane, has that ever been done... well by many, the biggest trade came in 2007 with the Mark Teixera trade from Texas to Atlanta. In that trade, Atlanta gave up...
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c -- 1
Elvis Andrus, ss -- 2
Matt Harrison, lhp -- 3
Neftali Feliz, rhp
If you dont see that, that is Atlanta's top3 prospects according to BA 2007 Rankings... and Neftali Feliz... pretty big haul. Here is the interesting part, That was for 3 months of Teixera (he was at the end of a contract and had a year of Arbitration at the end of the season). It could be argued that 2 years of Felix is more valuable than 3 months of Teixera, but that is not my place..
Anyway, I think the entire idea ludicris, but if John Mozeliak called with that deal... Man I dont know..