• M’s Give King Felix $175 Million Deal

    Posted by on February 7th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Via Bob Nightengale

    Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract that should be finalized before spring training, making him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history, a person familiar with the contract details told USA TODAY Sports.

    The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract is not yet official.

    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.

    Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and Alan Nero, an agent at Octagon Sports, which represents Hernandez, declined comment.

    Hernandez’s contract trumps CC Sabathia’s seven-year, $161 million deal, signed before the 2009 season, as the richest ever for a pitcher. The average annual value of $25 million trumps the $24.5 million that Zack Greinke will receive annually from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a six-year, $147 million deal signed in December.

    Phil Hughes is the same age as Hernandez. But, I don’t think he’s going to see this kind of money on his next contract.

    Comments on M’s Give King Felix $175 Million Deal

    1. MJ Recanati
      February 7th, 2013 | 4:20 pm

      Assuming that Hernandez is still healthy, this contract also means that he (theoretically) gets to test free agency at age 33 which is still young enough to get one more hefty payday. Incredible.

      Good for King Felix. I hope he repays Seattle’s faith in him with great performances. He’s a joy to watch.

    2. Evan3457
      February 7th, 2013 | 6:39 pm

      …and that takes Felix off the “The Yankees are trading for/signing him” list…rather permanently, I would think.

      Well, at least for a good long while.

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