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.
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