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The Felix Hernandez deal is done

Feb 12, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Felix Hernandez AP

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Felix Hernandex deal is done.  Jack Zduriencik has announced it’s complete and Hernandez is taking his physical while we speak. There will be a press conference tomorrow.

There were concerns about Hernandez’s elbow, but obviously they weren’t big ones. Baker reports that Zduriencik praised Hernandez’s agents, which suggests that they were flexible about language in the deal to give the team some amount of protection in the event of future injury. But given that this got taken care of in the space of a couple of days, it likely wasn’t a major concession.

Hernandez, then, stands to make $175 million over the next seven years, starting in 2013. He is the highest paid pitcher in baseball both on a per annum basis and on an overall contract basis.


  1. unclemosesgreen - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    At least he didn’t get Napoli’d.

  2. shawnuel - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:33 PM


  3. Old Gator - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Wins plummeted on commodities exchanges worldwide today.

  4. Tick - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Great strategy the Mariners have. Largely ignore your offense, build your team around pitching, give your ace a contract that puts a strangle hold on your flexibility and move in your fences. Not sure how those puzzle pieces fit together.

    • Reflex - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Interesting, adding several guys with some pop this offseason and demonstrating they will pay young guys who perform well is not a good long term strategy?

      Also, why do you feel the M’s are hamstrung by his contract? They are not a small market team. They are in the upper tier of mid-market clubs.

  5. gpatrick15 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Good for Hernandez, and for top level pitchers in general, but how do the Mariners expect to get better by tying up their resources with such a contract, while leaving the rest of their virtually unwatchable? Felix definitely deserved a huge payday, but it’s a damn shame that Felix Hernandez will likely pitch his entire career on a last place team. I can see where the organization’s logic is, though. He had to be paid, and if they didn’t some other team would. But it seems that they’d have been interested in fielding a playoff worthy team first, then locking down Hernandez. Overall, though. not a bad deal. He certainly deserved it.

    • Reflex - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      The M’s are not a low revenue or small market team. They have simply refused to give free agents big contracts while the rest of the team is in rebuild mode. Which is smart.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        I like how people assume because the team is played in Seattle, that they have a cheap owner and/or can’t spend money. The owner is one of the richest in the sport (net worth ~$2.5B) and, while attendance has been low recently, when they were winning (a la ’01) they lead the sport in attendance.

        Keep one of the best pitchers in baseball long term and build around him. That’ll increase the # of wins which increases attendance which increases the dollars in everyone’s pockets. It’s not hard to figure out.

      • Reflex - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        If Felix were 30 I would think this contract was idiotic. But it literally is his prime years for someone who is only 26. There is no potential replacement for him anywhere(unless the Dodgers are idiots with Kershaw). You don’t let that walk, especially when Felix loves the city and is willing to give a substantial discount to stay there.

        Even if something bad happens and his elbow implodes in June, at this time the deal is the right one to make. I just hope they got the appropriate insurance just in case.

    • albertmn - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Giving the money to a guy that gives you a decent chance to win every 5th game is worth it, especially if there is anything in the contract to protect the team in case of injury. Besides, there is no guarantee that giving that money to someone else will pay off. King Felix is about as sure of a bet as you will find to spend the money on. Were they supposed to sign Bourn, Lohse, and/or Swisher with that money?

      I understand teams may get burned more often on overpaying a starting pitcher, but I think a top line starting pitcher can be more important than a top hitter (personal opinion, not based on any specific stat). So, if you have a really good young starting pitcher, it is a good gamble to sign him.

  6. buffalomafia - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Steinbrenners sins are cheap! If father was alive King Felix would be in a Yankees uniform.

    Now King Felix is playing just for the money! Seattle is a bad team!

  7. buffalomafia - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:14 PM


    • jimeejohnson - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      All that snow might be effecting your judgement.

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