(1090 The Fan) – Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernadez has reportedly agreed on a seven-year, $175 million extension, according to a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
1090 The Fan reached out to the Mariners who would neither confirm or deny the report.
The 26-year-old Venezuela-native was scheduled to earn $19.5 million in 2013 and $20 million in 2014 under the terms of his current contract, according to CBS Sports.
Seattle would add $134.5 million of guaranteed money over five years to the contract of the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, whose current agreement calls for him to receive $40.5 million over the next two seasons.
In 2012, Hernandez posted a 3.06 ERA with 223 strikeouts — accompanied, of course, by a perfect game in August against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hernandez won a career-high 19 games in 2009 when he finished second in the Cy Young voting then won the award a year later when he went just 13-12 but had a 2.27 ERA and 232 strikeouts. He appeared to be making another Cy Young push last year before going 0-4 in his last six starts.
His career record would be even better if he didn’t play with one of baseball’s worst offenses. Seattle had the lowest batting average in the major leagues in each of the last three seasons. Hernandez has taken 10 losses during that span when he’s given up two earned runs or less.
According to CBS Sports, the potential Hernandez deal sets new pitching contract records in terms of total value and average annual value. CC Sabathia ($161 million with the Yankees) and Zack Greinke ($24.5 million annually with the Dodgers) held the previous records, respectively. It will be the ninth largest contract in baseball history.
If the deal is finalized, it would leave Detroit’s Justin Verlander and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw as the most attractive pitchers eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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