Sep 21, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) reacts in the dugout during the 1st inning between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers during the 1st inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

King Felix a Mariner for Life?

There’s been talk around the offseason rumor mills about Seattle Mariners’ star pitcher Felix Hernandez. Namely, the rumor goes something like this: The Mariners want to make King Felix a “Mariner for life,” but given the recent contracts many big name pitchers have signed, Zack Greinke for example, it’s just not in the cards for the Ms.

In August, King Felix threw a perfect game, making him just the twenty-third player in MLB history to do so. Not only is he the Mariners’ best player currently, but he’s also coming up for a contract expiration, and he’ll only be 28 years old. That makes him a prime target for many negotiations from other teams.

In light of this, many fans are panicking based upon the recent contracts signed by the likes of Zack Greinke for $147 million over six years with the Dodgers. They speculate that Hernandez, having seen these figures, won’t want to settle for what the Ms budget can supply him with.

The question remains, what do you think Felix will do? Will he stay with the team that made him a superstar, or will he jump ship to the highest bidder? While one can speculate that high salaries for pitchers elsewhere would put the Mariners in a tenuous situation when it comes to resigning Hernandez as a “Mariner for Life,” it also seems reasonable to believe that perhaps there are things that the Seattle team can offer its finest star in terms of incentives for remaining where he’s at.

What do you think? What would you do if you were in King Felix’s shoes?

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  • randyman

    Mariners have showed little attempt to get him an offense to compete with. So its simple, get me a offense soon or im leaving. If you get a offense around him then my guess is he signs for 7 years/150 million.

  • maqman

    I take Felix at his word that he likes Seattle and doesn’t want to go anywhere else and I believe that the team do want him to be a Mariner for life, or for as long as he can pitch. I’m fairly sure they will sign him to an extension at the appropriate time and will not try to low-ball him. The cost of players is going up with the new media deals so I imagine that is going to make Felix very rich. It should, he’s special and has earned it. An extension for something like 4/$120MM or 6/$150MM seem about right to me.

  • Josh Gibbs

    The Mariners are nothing without Felix. Right now, who outside of Seattle can name more than three players on the Mariners? How many of those same people can name three players on say, the Rays? We need to keep Felix around for his entire career, because right now, he’s the only player that the M’s can’t afford to lose. Jack Z. and ownership need to cough up big dough soon to have Felix for the entirety of his career. IMO, no price is too high to pay for one of the top pitchers in baseball.

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