No announcement on Felix contract imminent
Despite the flood of national reports on Thursday saying Felix Hernandez and the Mariners have agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract, the Mariners insisted again Friday that those reports are incorrect and no deal is pending at this moment.
“We’ve been consistent on this,” said Tim Hevly, Mariners director of baseball information. “No announcement is planned or imminent.”
There’s no question the Mariners and Hernandez have been pursuing a contract extension and could be close to a new deal, but it might be wise to back up a bit and see how things play out.
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., and Hernandez is expected to be there. But at this point, it appears he’ll still be operating on the final two seasons of his current contract, which pays him $40.5 million through 2014.