Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/10/13
Mariners, Hernandez, at impasse Just a couple days ago it was reported that Mariner’s ace Felix Hernandez had reached a new $175 million contract with Seattle, that would replace his old deal and lock him up for seven more years. Such a contract would have kept Hernandez a Mariner at 33 years old, and could have arguably ensured he remained a Mariner for life. While the deal seemed imminent, talks between the club and King Felix have recently reached a hitch in the road. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported today that the contract talks have stalled because of concern over Hernandez’s pitching elbow. The new deal would make Hernandez the game’s highest paid pitcher of all-time, but as Olney points out in his report: “as salaries have skyrocketed over the last 15 years, teams have become increasingly wary of medical concerns.” Outside of a flexor strain in his elbow in 2007, Felix has been relatively healthy throughout his career. The hope is that the Mariner brass will find a way to work a ...
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