The Seattle Mariners extended Felix Hernandez‘s contract on Thursday and many St. Louis Cardinal fans reacted quickly, feeling Adam Wainwright‘s price tag just went up. The problem with that thought is simple, Hernandez is no Wainwright, he’s much, much better.
Hernandez agreed to a deal that will keep him in Seattle for a reported financial windfall to the tune of seven years and $175 million.
That is not to say that Adam Wainwright is not a very good pitcher, we all know that he is. It is not to say that Adam Wainwright will not be a very wealthy man when his contract is resolved, he most likely will. But to say that Wainwright’s price will be based off of Hernandez’s price is a bit absurd.
Both of them debuted in the same year for the team they still play for, the Mariners and Cardinals respectively, and both were due to hit free agency at the same time, after the 2013 season. That is where the comparisons end, however.
We can start with the obvious point of age. Hernandez ...