Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/8/13
King Felix locked up After declaring this offseason that it was his goal to keep Felix Hernandez a Mariner for life, Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik seems to have done just that. As reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign Felix Hernandez to a new seven-year, $175 million deal. The deal will replace Hernandez’s previous contract, which had two more years on it. In total, the contract will keep Hernandez a Mariner through the 2019 season. With an average salary of $25 million a year, Hernandez is set to become the highest paid pitcher in baseball history. It has been highly speculated at times that—for the right price—Hernandez could be acquired through trade. But after taking over in 2008, Jack-Z has been fairly adamant about holding onto his ace. Felix Hernandez celebrates his perfect game in 2012. As long as this deal goes through, it seems that will be the case. In just two more seasons Hernandez will receive his ten-and-five rights, adding a full
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