MARINERS, FELIX HERNANDEZ FINALIZE DEAL
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(1090 The Fan) – After a string of nail-biting days for Mariners fans, Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners have finally agreed on a contract, according to team officials.
Earlier Tuesday, GM Jack Zduriencik had stated that negotiations were ongoing but provided to detailed update.
Hernandez, a three-time All-Star and the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, was due to report to Mariners spring training headquarters Tuesday for his physical.
Both sides have been working on a seven-year, $175 million deal but the deal was pending because of reports surrounding an injury to Hernandez’s pitching elbow — reportedly significant enough to slow down the negotiations.
The reported deal would make Hernandez the highest-paid pitcher in all of Major League Baseball.
Monday, Hernandez made the announcement that he would not pitch for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, leading many to believe the move was related to the contract.
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.
Terms of the new deal will be announced Wednesday during a press conference with Hernandez and Zduriencik at Safeco Field.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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