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Felix Hernandez, Mariners Ink $175M Deal, According To Report

According to a report from USA Today, the Seattle Mariners have locked up pitcher Felix Hernandez to a seven-year, $175 million deal, making him the highest-paid pitcher in the history of the game.

From ESPN: 

Hernandez, 26, was scheduled to make $19.5 million this season and $20 million in 2014. The new contract will start this season, according to USA Today Sports, and pay the three-time All-Star an annual average salary of $25 million.

The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, Hernandez went 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA and 223 strikeouts last season. He has pitched at least 232 innings in each of the last four seasons and owns a career record of 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight years, all with the Mariners.

We will have more on this story later today.

What do you guys think? Is Hernandez deserving of being the most lucrative pitching contract of all-time?

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  • Ronda Bowen

    While the news is certainly more positive than that for Montero right now, the Mariners’ website has not yet confirmed that the deal is final or has taken place. Also: If it’s true, it’s a historical deal, for sure.

  • Aaron Bowen

    Not so fast — There hasn’t been an official confirmation from M’s management, and Greg Johns is reporting that we don’t yet know if the deal is in place. To borro his words, “Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that… a deal would be finalized before Spring Training… Nightengale’s report indicated the new deal would replace the final two years of that contract and extend another five years, but it’s not certain if that information is accurate.” I think he hits the nail on the head when he writes, “Clearly a new deal is in the works, but it seems like we might need to hold off a bit to get the actual numbers.”