Mariners’ Felix Hernandez to become MLB’s highest paid pitcher
Peoria, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Felix Hernandez has agreed on a contract extension with the Mariners that would make him the highest-paid pitcher in Major League history.
A source confirmed that the basic agreement is for seven years and $175 million, with a provision protecting the ball club if Hernandez misses a season with elbow problems.
Hernandez, 26, has two years and $40.5 million remaining on his current contract, which would be replaced by the new deal that extends through 2019.
The three-time All-Star pitched a perfect game last season while going 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA in 33 starts.
He has pitched 200 or more innings in each of the past five seasons and has a career record of 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA.
He has been with the Mariners his entire MLB career and won the American League Cy Young Award in 2010.
CC Sabathia of the Yankees currently has the largest overall contract for a pitcher, with a seven-year, $161 million deal he signed before the 2010 season.
Zack Greinke signed the highest average-annual-value deal at $24.5 million with his six-year, $147 million contract in December with the Dodgers.