Both ESPN.com lead writers Jayson Stark and Peter Gammons confirm that the Mariners have turned down offers from a half-dozen teams that would have dealt ace Felix Hernandez.
"I had calls," Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik told Gammons. "And I listen to everyone. But it would have taken too much to even discuss a realistic trade."
At age 23, Hernandez is certain to command a monster contract when he is free after 2011. The Mariners have seen a Roy Halladay trade go undone (so far, at 12:34 EST) because of his exhorbitant price and may have been open to listening in order to get top value for him now rather than nothing down the road.