Felix Hernandez is about to sign the most lucrative contract any pitcher has ever obtained. The Mariners have agreed to sign the 26-year-old right-hander to a seven-year, $175MM contract, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Alan Nero of Octagon represents Hernandez, whose deal should be finalized before Spring Training.
Hernandez’s previous contract covered the 2013-14 seasons and called for salaries of $19.5MM in 2013 and $20MM in 2013. The new contract replaces the previous deal, extending the Mariners’ team control by five years through his age-33 season.
C.C. Sabathia established the previous record for pitchers when he signed a seven-year, $161MM contract following the 2009 season. Zack Greinke established a record for right-handed pitchers earlier this offseason, when he obtained a $147MM guarantee from the Dodgers. Hernandez’s deal eclipses Greinke’s deal in terms of total value and average annual value.
Wow - that's dodger level spending.
I know. Maybe the M's really want to win now after all.
Good. He deserves it. If he had an offense around him, he would consistantly hit 20 wins.
They will score more runs than last year but not many more.It would almost be hard for them not to. It seems that a good average number for team runs scored in a year to be right around 700. Last year, the M's managed only 619, good for 27th out of 30.