"The Mariners in recent weeks...asked the Royals about designated hitter Billy Butler...Butler, too, remains relatively untouchable (he's under club-friendly salaries through 2015, and the Royals consider him a core piece)."
"Let's go back to the Royals. No, they couldn't afford Hernandez's contract. But could they send back Butler, get cash in the deal and include say, top outfield prospect Wil Myers and/or top pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi?
Think the Mariners wouldn't be tempted by such an offer? Think the Royals wouldn't want King Felix through 2014 at say, $12 million to $14 million per season, even for a steep acquisition price?"