Mariners don’t have agreement yet with Felix
There’s no question that the Mariners and Felix Hernandez have been pursuing a contract extension and are close to a new deal, but a baseball source said Thursday that a report by USA Today that the right-hander has agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract is not accurate.
The Mariners have no announcement of a Hernandez contract extension planned at this time, according to a club spokesman.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that an anonymous source who was “familiar with the contract details” indicated a deal would be finalized before Spring Training that would make Hernandez the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history with an average annual contract value of $25 million.
Mariners pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Tuesday in Peoria, Ariz.
Hernandez is already scheduled to make $19.5 million this coming season and $20 million in 2014 in the final two years of a five-year, $78 million contract he signed in 2010.
Nightengale’s report indicated the new deal would replace the final two years of that contract and extend another five years, but it’s not certain if that information is accurate.
Clearly a new deal is in the works, but it seems like we might need to hold off a bit to get the actual numbers.
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 deal in December with the Dodgers.