Seattle Mariners Make Surprising Move With Seven-Year, $175 Million Deal For Felix Hernandez

By Dan Parzych
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There’s no question Felix Hernandez is one of the top pitchers in the game and now–the Seattle Mariners are ready to open their wallets and pay him like he is one.

Even though the contract isn’t official just yet, Hernandez and the Mariners have agreed on a seven-year, $175 million deal that will make him the highest paid pitcher in MLB history. While playing for the Mariners hasn’t helped his case, there’s no denying that Hernandez has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball throughout his career as he’s coming off another impressive campaign in 2012 in which he posted a 13-9 record to go along 223 strikeouts.

In fact–Hernandez has recorded at least 217 strikeouts in each of his last four seasons.

With the type of numbers he’s posted throughout his career, there’s no question Hernandez deserves to be paid as one of the top pitchers in baseball, but whether or not the Mariners made the right decision by making him the highest-paid pitcher of all time is debatable. Despite last year’s 75-87 finish, Seattle still appears to be another year or two away from being contenders in the AL West considering all of the talent on the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Los Angeles Angels.

This move would have made more sense with a different team, but for the Mariners? Let’s hope for their sake they figure out a way to make the playoffs in the next couple of years–or this will just turn into a waste of an investment on Seattle’s end.  

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