Felix Hernandez has signed a seven-year contract extension with the Seattle Mariners. This will likely keep Hernandez a member of the Mariners for the rest of his career. Early reports from Thursday (Feb. 7) have the deal valued at $175 million over those seven seasons, making him one of the highest paid players in the game.
Hernandez has pitched eight years for the Mariners already, but he is also still just 26 years old. He could have his best baseball still in front of him and that is exactly what the oragnization is hoping to get out of this deal.
In those eight seasons, Hernandez has a combined record of 98-76, an ERA of 3.22 and a WHIP of 1.212. He has been an All-Star three times and was also the 2010 American League Cy Young winner. He finished that season with a 13-12 record, 2.27 ERA, 232 strikeouts and 1.057 WHIP. The year before that, he finished with a 19-5 record and a 2.49 ERA.
Hernandez was also scheduled to make $19.5 million in 2013 and then $20 million in 2014, but this deal will replace the old one and kick in beginning with the 2013 MLB season. Now Seattle Mariners fans can be content that Felix Hernandez has committed to the team for basically the rest of his career and maybe those random trade rumors can come to an end.
This deal also makes Hernandez the highest paid pitcher in the game.
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