Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/14/13
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M’s make headlines It’s been a crazy week for the Mariners, and things reached an apex Wednesday. Here’s the big headlines from Seattle’s exciting day. Seattle finalizes deal with King Felix After some minor bumps in the road, the Seattle Mariners have finalized a contract extension with ace pitcher Felix Hernandez. It was originally reported early last week that the Mariners had agreed to extend Hernandez to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension that would take the place of his remaining two years with the M’s. But, the two sides reached a hiccup, when it was reported that the Mariners had concern over Hernandez’s pitching elbow. Despite the bump in the road, both sides were determined to get a deal done, and it has officially been finalized. As MLB Trade Rumors reported Wednesday, both sides have finalized the new deal. The outline remains the same—making Hernandez the most paid pitcher in MLB history. The only major changes is that now the deal has a full no trade clause, and if Hernandez misses significant time due to an elbow injury (120-130 days within a season) an eighth year that will pay King Felix $1 million gets tacked on. In a team released statement, general manager Jack Zduriencik said: “Felix is committed to this franchise, and to the city of Seattle, and is a key part of what we are building here. As we take necessary steps to reach the next level as a team, Felix will be a key component. We have had a plan since I arrived in Seattle: to build this organization to play at a championship level on a consistent basis. As I have said before, when we get to that level we will need, and want a pitcher, and a person, like Felix.” Shawn Kelley is on his way to New York. (Photo: Getty Images) Despite the issues, it seemed inevitable that both sides would find some common ground. All-in-all a great move for everyone involved. Seattle trades Shawn Kelley to New York Overshadowed by the big Felix news today was that the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees have completed a trade. As reported by MLB Trade Rumors, but sides completed a deal in which reliever Shawn Kelley will head to New York in return for prospect Abraham Almonte. Kelley put up a 3.25 ERA in 44.1 innings last season, but he was incredibly inconsistent. At one point the 28-year-old saw himself back at Triple A, where he pitched 20 innings. Almonte isn’t a huge prospect, but he has an ability to play all outfield positions—where the M’s lack depth. The 23-year-old owns a .340 OBP and 176 stolen bases in seven minor league seasons. He’ll most likely start the season at Triple A, and could see time at the MLB level in the case of an injury or cup of coffee. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE MARINERS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB!
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