The Seattle Mariners reached an agreement on what amounts to
a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with right-hander Felix Hernandez
last week. However, the deal was delayed when an elbow issue was discovered during an MRI taken on Friday. While the Mariners are seeking protective language
in the agreement, a deal is “still on track” and may come in the next day or
two, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Source: Hernandez deal with #Mariners still on track. Team working out protective language to protect against future elbow trouble.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 11, 2013
The Mariners and Hernandez agreed on a contract that would
give the right-hander the richest agreement ever for a pitcher, topping C.C.
Sabathia’s deal with the New York Yankees. Hernandez would also be making a
higher average annual salary than the deal Zack Greinke signed with the Los Angeles
Dodgers this offseason.
There is still no word on what exactly the elbow issue is,
but it doesn’t appear that it will stop the deal from being finalized.
Rosenthal didn’t mention a reduction in the length or total value of the
contract, so it would appear that the language being included could allow the
Mariners to void the agreement or take on a reduced amount if Hernandez becomes
injured as a result of his current elbow issue.
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