User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
King Felix and Seattle agree on $175M deal

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Felix Hernandez and Seattle reached agreement Tuesday on a contract that is expected to make the Mariners ace the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.

Advertisement
``I think it's a great thing for the Seattle Mariners,'' Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said. ``It's a great thing for Felix Hernandez, and looking forward to this guy being here for a very long time, obviously.''

Hernandez's deal is expected to be for $175 million over seven years. Terms of the contract were not released by the team. Hernandez and Zduriencik will hold a news conference in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon where Hernandez is expected to sign the contract.

Earlier Tuesday, Zduriencik said the sides were having significant talks to try to finalize a new contract for the three-time All-Star and 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner. Zduriencik said then that a deal of that magnitude in years and dollars, ``takes time to work things out.''

It didn't take too long. By the afternoon, Hernandez's deal was done and Seattle had its ace locked up through the 2019 season.

The new contract will encompass the final two years of his current deal that is scheduled to pay Hernandez $40.5 million in 2013 and 2014. He'll receive $134.5 million over the additional five years.

Hernandez's total dollars would top CC Sabathia's original $161 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees and his $25 million average would surpass Zack Greinke's $24.5 million under his new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and tie him for the second-highest in baseball with Josh Hamilton and Ryan Howard behind Alex Rodriguez ($27.5 million). Hernandez's new money would average $26.9 million over five years.

With Hernandez off the market, Detroit's Justin Verlander and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw become the most attractive pitchers eligible for free agency after the 2014 season. Tampa Bay's David Price is eligible after the 2015 season.

Hernandez, who will turn 27 on April 8, is 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight seasons with the Mariners. He won a career-high 19 games in 2009 when he finished second in the Cy Young voting then won the award a year later when he went just 13-12 but had a 2.27 ERA and 232 strikeouts.

Hernandez appeared to be making another Cy Young push last year before going 0-4 in his last six starts, which left him at 13-9 with 223 strikeouts.

His career record would be even better if he didn't play with one of baseball's worst offenses. Seattle had the lowest batting average in the major leagues in each of the last three seasons. Hernandez has taken 10 losses during that span when he's given up two earned runs or less.

For his career, Hernandez has allowed two earned runs or less in 141 of 238 starts, but the team is only 99-42 in those games due to the offensive problems.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Akins: Diamond Trends - Monday
Lawrence: September Pitchers Report
Phillies no-hit Braves in 7-0 rout
Astros fire manager Bo Porter
Diamondbacks reinstate Hudson, Ross
Mariners put Montero on suspended list
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
29-17, +1,593 L46, +3,854 TY
8-3 +480 L6 Days, 21-7 G-Plays
17-7 L24 G-Plays, +3,620 TY
9-4 +563 L13, +2,543 This Year
16-5 L21, 23-7 +1,707 Win Streak
24-12 Last 36 Guarantees
12-5 L17 G-Plays, 17-8 +1,057 Run
11-4 L15 Guaranteed Plays
4-1 +409 L3 Days, +2,539 TY
9-3 Last 12 Guarantees
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 7161
Kevin Rogers + 3854
Doc's Sports + 3620
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 2343
Dave Cokin + 2204
Kevin Rogers + 2142
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Tony Stoffo + 1865
Antony Dinero + 1696
Joe Williams + 748
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 2277
Dave Cokin + 1550
Kyle Hunter + 1430
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2450
Kevin Rogers + 1827
Mike Rose + 1406
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 3278
Kevin Rogers + 2261
Doc's Sports + 1165
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!