Originally written February 10, 2013 on The Victory Formation:
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It appeared as if Felix Hernandez was set to become the highest paid pitcher in all of baseball just a few days ago, but that has been put on hold due to an “elbow issue.” The Seattle Mariners had reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with King Felix on Thursday, giving him a huge bump in pay from the 5-year, $78 million extension the two sides agreed to in 2010. But according to Buster Olney of ESPN, there is a huge hang-up in the new deal, with Olney stating that the two-sides are not close to an agreement: The elbow issue is perceived by at least one of the parties in the deal as being a possible impediment to the completion of the new contract. “It’s an issue,” said one source. Hernandez is signed through the next couple of years, so it isn’t as if this is going to alter what happens this season, but it might cause Hernandez significant future money. Hernandez stands to lose nearly $5 million per over the next 2 seasons if this deal isn’t agreed to. If he plays out the next two seasons without a new deal, he most assuredly won’t [...]
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