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Felix Hernandez, Mariners on verge of a $175 million contract extension

Feb 7, 2013, 2:31 PM EST

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Felix Hernandez and the Mariners have agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension.  The contract will make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball history, both in overall contract and in average annual value.

The Mariners will tear up his current deal, which was to pay him $19.5 million this year, and replace it with the new one. It will pay him, on average, $25 million a year through 2019. It’s not known yet if the contract amount increases over time or if it’s a flat $25 million a year.

Hernandez is 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA and 1,487 strikeouts and 480 walks in 1620.1 innings across eight seasons.  But of course, he still doesn’t turn 27 until April.  This deal, therefore, only take him into his age 34 season.  If he holds up physically, he may get another sizable deal before he’s through.

  1. halohonk - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Angels love that deal! King Felix 6-10 3.85 era in 27 starts lifetime against my Halos.

  2. txnative61 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    A lot of Hall of Fame players have passed through Seattle, and former Mariners show up in the playoffs and World Series regularly. Most of them never connected with the team and the remoteness of the Northwest. Felix has connected with the fans and the community and sincerely wants to stay despite the many voices calling for him to jump to an obvious contender. It will be a challenge for him with the fences at Safeco pulled in, but the obvious problem for them since it was built has been offense. I don’t know how the M’s will fair, but they needed to start keeping their talent, and you couldn’t pick a better guy to begin than Felix.

  3. xjokerz - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    Verlander is almost 3 years older than flex. However as a tigers fan … His contract is already scaring me a little bit.

  4. bbk1000 - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Finally a team run worse than the Mets. This is the dumbest contract of all time. They could have emptied someone’s farm system year’s back and actually been relevant this year, instead of an after thought.

    The Mariners aren’t winning anything…

    • bbk1000 - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      HAHA, I am so right about this issue, as you can see now…they should have traded him while he was under control…..

  5. beastmode5150 - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Reflex is owning Chris F. Just saying.

  6. jordanrmueller06 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    The Mariners are out of their minds for even offering this deal to Felix Hernandez. Though he is a proven ace, number one pitcher and could be on nearly any team in the MLB. BUT and its a big but, they’re putting the future of their organization in his hands and if he doesn’t perform it will be one of the biggest bust in MLB history.

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