The Seattle Mariners traded one of its faces of the franchise in Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees during the middle of the season and now the team has to get one of the best pitchers the Mariners have ever had in Felix Hernandez locked up for the long-term. Hernandez and the Mariners have not had any contract extension talk.
The rest of Hernandez’s current deal covers the 2013 and 2014 season but GM Jack Zduriencik has told reporters that he wants to keep Hernandez in Seattle for the long haul.
Hernandez owns the record for the best ERA all-time in franchise history. Hernandez is second all-time in Mariners’ history in strikeouts behind Randy Johnson and third all-time in wins behind Johnson and Jamie Moyer.
In 2012, he was 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA with 223 strikeouts and an 8.7 K/9 ratio. Hernandez has been elected to the all-star game in each of the past two seasons. He came up with the 2010 American League Cy Young award. In 2010, he faced 1001 batters in 34 starts. Although he was only 13-12 he lead the league in ERA with 2.27 and a career high 232 strikeouts.
The Mariners need Hernandez in its rotation. Without Hernandez, the Mariners do not have anybody as feared as him in the rotation. Jason Vargas nor Kevin Millwood will make any batter bear down in the batters’ box.
Hernandez signed a five-year, $78 million deal in 2010. The contract includes limited no-trade protection in which he could block 10 trades annually. It expected that Hernandez could be asking for a $25 million annual salary.
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