Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 2/7/13
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With an imminent stroke of Felix Hernandez's pen, the persistent trade rumors surrounding him will come to a very expensive end. Hernandez, 26, and the Seattle Mariners are close to announcing a seven-year, $175 million contract extension, a major-league source confirmed to FOXSports.com. Bob Nightengale of USA Today first reported the news. The contract will supersede Hernandez's prior agreement with the Mariners, which had two seasons remaining. The deal will establish a record for the largest pitching contract in baseball history. Hernandez, the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, is coming off a season in which he went 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA in 33 starts. He has spent his entire professional career with the Mariners. Now the contractual intrigue around baseball will focus on the top remaining pitchers in the 2014-2015 free agent class: Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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