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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Seattle Locks Up King Felix

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Seattle Locks Up King Felix

There is a new highest paid pitcher in Major League Baseball and fittingly, his name is the King. According to the USA Today, the Seattle Mariners broke the bank Thursday inking starter Felix Hernandez to a seven year $175million dollar contract. The 26 year old Hernandez, was 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA and 223 strikeouts 2012.  C.C Sabathia was previously the highest paid pitcher after signing a seven-year, $161million contract in 2009. The 2010 CY Young Award winner will make $25mil per season in the deal.

This move make a huge statement for the Mariners showing a willingness to pony up to keep their franchise player. The Mariners are the only team for which Hernandez has played. The deal will take him thru 33 years old, making it very likely that he will be among the rare few that start and fishing their careers with the same organization.

Every year there are a number of teams rumored to be interesting in Hernandez. Among them, the usual big market suspects; Boston, New York, Chicago and LA, among others. Seattle has made it clear that the King is here to stay.

2/9 11:01am - *EDITOR'S NOTE* ESPN's Buster Olney is now reporting that the deal is a 5 year extension to Hernandez's current deal that will be for $27.1million annually -- $135.5million in total. Stay tuned for more details.

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