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Not long ago, the rumors began to swirl about a possible four-year contract extension for Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. After his dominating performances over the last few seasons, it would make sense for the Mariners to try to lock him up for as long as possible. However, Hernandez may not be interested in such an extension.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says Hernandez is looking for more year. Rather than the rumored four-year deal, King Felix is looking for a six-year extension. Heyman says there are no serious talks regarding a contract extension right now for that very reason. The Mariners may not be ready to invest six years. But they should be.
Felix Hernandez won the American League Cy Young in 2010, he has been in the running for another the past two seasons, and he threw the first perfect game in Mariners history last season. Without Hernandez, the Mariners would be far from respectable. They didn't quite finish with a .500 record last season, but if Hernandez was gone, they would have been far worse.
Hernandez has two years left on his five-year, $78 million deal. He has been in the league eight years now, and in that time he has a 98-76 record with a 3.22 ERA. Hernandez has pitched 200 or more innings in five-straight seasons. He has pitched 190 or more innings in seven-straight seasons. He is the cornerstone of a franchise the Mariners have been looking for. But they'll have to offer a six year extension if they are going to keep that cornerstone.
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