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Mariners weighing a four-year, $100 million offer to Felix Hernandez

Jan 22, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

Felix Hernandez AP

Felix Hernandez is under contract through the 2014 season, slated to make $19.5 million this season and $20 million next year. But the Mariners want to keep him under contract longer, Ken Rosenthal reports, and are weighing an offer: four years, $100 million, according to his source.

As for where they stand on all of that:

It is not known whether the Mariners actually have made Hernandez such an offer; one source described the two sides as “dancing” but not deeply engaged.

Sounds like my social life when I was single. Here’s hoping King Felix does better than I did sealing the deal.

  1. chill1184 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Certainly a smart move by the Mariners to lock him up. They’re going to need him if they want to compete in the tough AL West

    • echech88 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Possibly. Devil’s advocate would say they haven’t been competitive most years Felix has been there in his prime and they’ve presumably passed on some attractive packages of prospects.

      Is he more valuable to the Mariners pitching for them or as someone who could net them a huge haul of prospects that accelerates the rebuild? They aren’t having the easiest time attracting free agents, Upton rejected a trade there (suggesting sluggers are turned off by Safeco) and their homegrown talent is pretty mediocre on the offensive side.

      Obviously Felix makes any team better. They just have a long ways to go to get better and going after the Rangers and Angels in 2 or 3 years might make more sense to them than meandering with Felix for 4 more praying someone else pans out.

      • dcfan4life - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Even the best pitcher is baseball can save a team when he only pitchers 40 times a year. Save the money and see the difference the fences being moved in does. Then sign some more players and resign Felix next offseason. Or sign him now and load on talent next offseason if your pockets are opening up…

      • dcfan4life - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        I meant cant save a team.

      • Jeff - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Justin Verlander is the best pitcher in baseball.

  2. heyblueyoustink - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    “Sounds like my social life when I was single. Here’s hoping King Felix does better than I did sealing the deal.”

    I think I read something about this in a book somewhere, was it ” 7 Habits of Highly Inaffective Braves Fans” maybe?

  3. mattintoledo - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I suppose the question is if that offer is made, does Felix accept it? As a Tiger fan, this is a story I’ll be keep an eye on.

  4. alexo0 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Here’s hoping the Mariners do better than you did sealing the deal.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Since the bottom of that pic is cropped out I am going to assume it is the one featuring characters from Where the Wild Things Are dancing on the mound with him. That pic rules.

  6. csndrew - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Even though the money is certainly reasonable for a pitcher like King Felix, am I the only one who did a double-take on the denominations? (4 years, $100 million) – it’s just kinda strange to see.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      It’s good to be king.

  7. fearthehoody - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    As an M’s fan, I feel sorry for King Felix! They are wasting this future HOFers career by putting garbage around him every season

    • IdahoMariner - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      which is what they did to ichiro. here’s hoping the fan base doesn’t turn on felix, when he goes from “amazingly great” to “merely really good”. felix (and ichi) deserves better than that.

  8. bjeff3200 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I want to see Hernandez stay, but I would wait until the final year of the contract before I decide. 20 million over the next six years seems to be drastically under paid for the type of talent the King is, expectably in today’s market.

    He would easily generate 25-30 million a year offers from the big boys. If the Mariners are planning on offering Hernandez an extension they really should take that into consideration. However, Felix has come out and said publicly, that he wants to stay a Mariner for his career.

    • shawnuel - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      The last 4 seasons would be $25 million a year. 4 years $100 million.

      • bjeff3200 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        My bad! guess I need more Starbucks, not thinking stright yet.

  9. cackalackyank - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Felix is a great pitcher, and it would be great to see him contribute to a contender, ANY contender. I am not sure that can happen in Seattle for him. It seems like his contract would almost preclude building a decent team around him given the M’s current spending patterns, and those of the teams in the AL west. On the bright side, for the next few years the M’s will not finish last in the division. Seattle fans are going to love the move of Houston into the AL.

    • IdahoMariner - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      i think it’s great (if aggravating) seeing him pitch, period. in fact, i think he is showing his greatness every day by pitching for an offensively offense-less team like seattle – every day, he is shooting for a perfect game, or at least a shutout, in a much more focused way than other pitchers, because if he allows even a run, his team will probably lose. a fascinating, if aggravating, exercise. poor, awesome felix. he actually seems really happy where he is – maybe he really is just there to pitch and demonstrate his awesomeness. it would be nice to cap this awesome career with some wins, playoffs, a WS…, seattle, pull your head out and put spme actual players who make outs on defense and avoid outs and score runs on. offense on that beautiful field.

  10. markofapro - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Profar, Olt, and Grimm for The King.


  11. ricospilaggio - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    The Dodgers or Yankees would start at 30 million per year for the King. If Felix takes this offer, he’s giving the M’s a nice hometown discount.

  12. joerymi - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Potential 2015 starting pitching free agency class:
    Justin Verlander
    Clayton Kershaw
    Felix Hernandez

    I doubt there is any chance Verlander or Kershaw ever hit free agency, but wow…

    • cackalackyank - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Yes, it will be interesting to see if any of them make it to free agency. Just imagine the numbers we might see if they aren’t already signed and remain healthy.

  13. jlovenotjlo - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Not to beat a dead horse, but the lack of a state income tax awards Felix with more money than if he were playing in New York or LA. Plus, who wouldn’t prefer the Pacific Northwest over those two ratholes. Oh and stick around after retirement and enjoy some legal marijuana. This just makes sense if it happens, what a smart guy.

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