Hernandez, one of the game's better young arms, continues to be a bright spot on an otherwise lowly Mariners team. He enters toinght start with a 9-10 record, but that is more an indication of his team's problems than his own. He also posts a 2.51 ERA with 183 strikeouts. Not only that, he'll likely surpass the 200-inning mark in Wednesday night's start.
The 24-year-old isn't the only top-notch young starting pitcher trapped on a bad team.
The Royals' Zach Grienke is another pitching stud playing for a bad team. The defending Cy Young winner has struggled some at times, but he is still a pitcher that would be on the top of just about every single staff in baseball, yet he's stuck on the Royals.
Florida's Josh Johnson is arguably the favorite to win the NL Cy Young award despite playing for the Marlins. The big right-hander has been unbelievable this season posting an 11-5 record to go with a 2.36 ERA and 166 strikeouts. Ubaldo Jimenez may have stolen the show earlier this season, but Johnson has been the league's most consistent starter.
All three are dominant pitchers and all three play for struggling franchises.
Which one of these three pitchers would benefit most from a trade to a large-market team? Text "SOX1" for Hernandez, "SOX2" for Greinke or "SOX3" for Johnson.