Seattle Mariners rumors have the Felix Hernandez deal finally getting done. According to a report from Tuesday (Feb. 12), the Mariners have agreed to the much rumored seven-year contract with Hernandez. It will replace the last two years on his current deal and make Hernandez the highest paid pitcher in the history of baseball.
The rumors of Seattle and Hernandez getting closer to a huge contract extension had been floating around for more than a week, but the terms were finally agreed upon by both sides. The exact parameters of the deal have not been released, but Hernandez will get paid $175 million over the next seven years to pitch in Seattle.
During his time in Major League Baseball, Hernandez has posted a 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight seasons with the Mariners. His best season was probably in 2009 when he won 19 games and finished second in the Cy Young voting. He would end up winning the award a year later when he went just 13-12 but had a 2.27 ERA and 232 strikeouts.
This new Felix Hernandez deal will keep him with the Seattle Mariners through the 2019 season and possibly make him the most beloved player in franchise history. Rather than test free agency, Hernandez made the decision to agree to contract talks way before he even needed to. That won't be lost on the die-hard fans who have seen players like Alex Rodriguez leave in the chase for more money.
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