Report: King Felix gets his payday

Looks like Yankee fans will have to cross Felix Hernandez off their wish lists. The Mariners and their ace close to agreeing upon a $175M deal making Hernandez the highest paid pitcher in Major League Baseball history.

The deal is for seven years and Hernandez will be making an average of $25M per year.

Hernandez was scheduled to earn $19.5 million in 2013 and $20 million in ’14. Instead, his new contract will take effect this season and pay him a record average annual value of $25 million through 2019.

Hernandez, who has been part of the Mariners ballclub since 2005, will reach ten years of service in 2015 which will give him a no-trade clause for the rest of the deal. He will also only be 33-years-old when the contract expires – he made his MLB debut at just 19.

Last year, Hernandez finished with a 13-9 record, 3.06 ERA and a threw 232.2 innings. He also pitched a perfect game in August.

Most of the responses to the deal have been of the “Good for the Mariners!” variety with the occasional, “Sucks for the Yankees!!” thrown in for good measure. Yankee fans, to their credit, believe that Felix may not see the playoffs for the length of the blockbuster deal considering the way Seattle has handled their business in recent years. And they’re also blowing virtual raspberries in Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik’s direction.

So what do you guys think of the deal? Leave a comment below.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

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Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

20 thoughts on “Report: King Felix gets his payday

  1. I think it's great he got his payday and, realistically if the Yankees were serious about Plan 189, they were never getting Felix ANYWAYS.

    I'd love for him to make the playoffs (and/or make us better) but I can't fault the Mariners for making this deal.

  2. It was just amusing to see all of the "TOO BAD YANKEES!!!" reactions from some people.

  3. Let's be honest. There is always a "TOO BAD YANKEES!!!!" comment after every deal. Even if it is the Yankees making the signing.

  4. Certainly good for Hernandez and his agent, but a seven-year record deal for any pitcher scares me. Obviously, if he's King Felix through the age of 33 ,he's worth every penny. I hope he stays healthy and successful (except against the Yankees, of course). Even if he isn't, it may still be a good PR move for Seattle to keep their fans interested and to attract other free agents who want to win.

  5. I think committing about 25% of a teams payroll to one player is ridiculous. Especially when that team has no reasonable expectation of success (making the postseason) in the immediate future.

  6. With Felix off the market and Verlander being 32 in his FA year and Kershaw likely to get a huge extension from the Dodgers (who would be foolish not to and clearly don't care about money) Price seems like the only major impact pitcher that will be a FA in the next 2 years. That being said, if the Rays are in 3 or 4th place this year at the trade deadline with little hope of making the playoffs, the smart money is on them dealing him for talent in return as there is little chance of them having the cash (or spending it for that matter) on him. I know my fellow Yanks would like to see him in the Bronx, but a team like the Cardinals would probably be his landing spot. The farm there is deep and rich and with Carpenter out this year and maybe forever, they need a new young ace. If Price goes this summer the smart money is to St. Louis. If not, the Yanks still have a good chance come winter but I can't see the Rays keeping him for 2014 and only getting a pick for him when they can get major talent for him on a year-and-a-half rental with the right to buy.

  7. Most fans complain about the lack of loyalty in baseball and put HOFers who play their whole career (Jeter, Gwynn, Ripken, Larkin) on a pedestal. So shouldn't we all be thrilled about this deal? While I wish he could have been a Yankee, great for the amazing King Felix, and great for the city of Seattle.

  8. I'm actually happy about this deal, for no other reason it'll stop all this talk I see on other threads that the Yankees should just "go get him". You know the type, the ones who act as if MLB is another fantasy league where teams can just acquire whatever talent they choose to.

  9. THIS IS AMAZING…once this contract of Felix's is up we can sign him when he is 33…hes smart because he knows after this deal he will still have maybe one more nice deal coming to him and since CC will obviously be off the books by then I would not put it past the yankees to sign him when hes 33. I dont see any pitchers hitting the open market. The Rays will trade Price before they let him hit the FA market.