Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/16/14
The Internet exploded when it was reported last week that the Seattle Mariners were about to sign pitcher Felix Hernandez to a seven-year, $175 million deal. Though the reported deal IS huge, there’s no denying that Hernandez has been a workhorse and the team needs him if they’re ever going to be anything other than the crapfest they are now. Now, various outlets are reporting that the extension may be on hold because the Mariners have reservations about Hernandez’s elbow, among other things. The negotiations are not as finalized as the earlier reports made it seem, either: “But as of Sunday afternoon, sources say, the Mariners and Hernandez are not close to finishing an extension, because there are issues that the two sides are sorting through.” More accurately, the team is (rightly) concerned that Hernandez’s elbow may explode at some point during the life of that contract and the team would still be on the hook for $25 million a season until it expires. That would be double-plus ...
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