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Félix Hernández may not be long for Mariners’ rotation


Mariners starter Félix Hernández continued to struggle on Tuesday, coughing up 11 runs (seven earned) on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts in six innings against the Rangers. That brought his ERA on the season to 5.73 with a 99/46 K/BB ratio in 124 innings this season.

Manager Scott Servais was non-committal when asked if Hernández would make his next scheduled start, which would be Sunday in Houston against the Astros. Per ESPN, Servais said, “We’ll see. You have to take a look at where we’re at going forward here. The next time that spot [in the rotation] comes around, we’ll be over in Houston. They’ve also got a good club.” Servais continued, “We’ve got to give ourselves a chance every time out there to win the ballgame. It’s tough to win.”

Hernández, 32, is owed the remainder of his $26 million salary for this season and will earn $27 million next year. That, and the fact that Hernández has been a fan favorite during his 14 years with the franchise, will make it difficult for the Mariners to go through with moving him out of the rotation. But it may be the smartest thing to do, as the club entered Wednesday’s action 7.5 games out of first place in the AL West and two games out of the second Wild Card slot in the AL.

Report: Joe Girardi waiting for opening with Cubs

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Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that former Yankees manager Joe Girardi took himself out of the running for the Reds’ and Rangers’ managerial openings. The “industry speculation” is that Girardi is waiting a year for a potential opening to manage the Cubs.

Current Cubs manager Joe Maddon has one more year left on his contract. While the Cubs have played quite well under his tenure, the front office and Maddon haven’t had any discussions about an extension, which means 2019 might be his final year with the club. Under Maddon’s leadership since 2015, the Cubs won the championship in 2016 and compiled a 387-261 (.597) record during the regular season.

Girardi, 54, spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Cubs and another three towards the end of his career. He managed the Marlins for one year in 2006, then managed the Yankees from 2008-17, leading them to a World Series in ’09 and an overall regular season record of 910-710 (.562).