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The Seattle Mariners aren't just focused on locking up ace right-hander Felix Hernandez with a seven-year, $175 million contract.
The team also has reached agreement with free-agent left-hander Joe Saunders on a one-year deal, according to major-league sources.
The deal is pending a physical, sources said.
Saunders, 31, will replace lefty Jason Vargas, whom the Mariners traded to the Los Angeles Angels in December for first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales.
The Baltimore Orioles were among the other teams that had interest in Saunders, whose initial desire was for a three-year deal.
Saunders began last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks before getting traded to Baltimore for reliever Matt Lindstrom on Aug. 26.
An eight-year veteran, Saunders finished the season 9-13 with a 4.07 ERA in 174 2/3 innings. He is 78-65 with a 4.15 ERA lifetime.
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The Seattle Mariners have been fortunate enough to never have really been implicated by alleged steroid use or PED use throughout their history. Aside from a 2005 season that saw three players suspended for PEDs (Jamal Strong, Ryan Franklin, and Mike Morse), Seattle has brought natural talent to the field that, at least prior to 2003, was very competitive in the...
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The Baltimore Orioles reached a one-year agreement with free
agent Jair Jurrjens earlier this offseason, but that deal is at risk of falling
through due to health concerns surrounding the right-hander’s knee, reports
Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun.
Right-hander Jair Jurrjens could be on that list, too. As of
Thursday evening, the Orioles were still receiving...
Felix Hernandez is an incredible pitcher. I'd take Clayton Kershaw over him, sure, and maybe Matt Cain. Other than that, though, Felix might be the most valuable pitcher in the game today.
That being said, he's not worth 7 years and $25 million a year. No pitcher is (or, I should say, was), unless he is vintage Pedro or Maddux. Unfortunately (for the Mariners), that's...
Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract that should be finalized before spring training, making him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history, a person familiar with the contract details told USA TODAY Sports. Hernandez was scheduled to earn $19.5 million in 2013 and $20 million in ’14. Instead, his new contract will take effect...
Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez just became an extremely wealthy man. According to USA Today, Felix and the Mariners agreed to a 7-year, $175 million deal earlier today. The deal will make Hernandez the highest paid pitcher in MLB history. Hernandez was scheduled to earn $19.5 million in 2013 and $20 million in ’14. [...]
Seattle Mariners fans were wondering what would become of their favorite pitcher, Felix Hernandez. If the news that is spreading around the world of baseball is true, then King Felix will be getting a five year contract extension worth $135.5 million. The earlier reports of a seven year deal worth around $175 million were false.
The Mariners website has not confirmed any deal between...
The Seattle Mariners signed franchise ace Felix Hernandez to a 5-year, $135-million extension this week. It’s a lot of money, and it could be argued perhaps that the Mariners overpaid. It’s a weak argument. Hernandez is worth every penny. Give credit to GM Jack Zduriencik for trying to breathe life into a franchise [...]
Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections, which have typically appeared in the pages of Baseball Think Factory, are being released at FanGraphs this year. Below are the projections for the Baltimore Orioles. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other 2013 Projections: Angels / Astros / Athletics / Blue Jays / Brewers / Cardinals / Cubs / Diamondbacks / Dodgers / Giants...
The Seattle Mariners extended Felix Hernandez‘s contract on Thursday and many St. Louis Cardinal fans reacted quickly, feeling Adam Wainwright‘s price tag just went up. The problem with that thought is simple, Hernandez is no Wainwright, he’s much, much better.
Hernandez agreed to a deal that will keep him in Seattle for a reported financial windfall to the tune of seven...
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Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, and yes, even Alex Rodriguez. The Mariners have made a habit in the past of failing to re-sign their superstars. Instead, they’ve opted to trade or even let them walk away via free agency. Yes, the return trade package has been decent in a couple instances (see Randy Johnson to Astros). But nothing can...