Felix Hernandez agrees to contract extension

Felix Hernandez has reached agreement on a contract extension with the Mariners, general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday afternoon, and will be in Seattle for a 2 p.m. PT press conference Wednesday.

Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com reported that the deal will be the seven-year, $175 million extension that originally was leaked last Thursday.

Zduriencik said details of the contract would be announced at the press conference. Hernandez was in Peoria, Ariz., for his physical along with other Mariners pitchers and catchers on Tuesday, but planned to turn immediately back around and fly to Seattle for the official signing at Safeco Field.

“We’re headed out right now and Felix will be headed out as well and we’ll give you all the details at that time,” Zduriencik said.

“I would send along my congratulations to [Hernandez’s agents] Scott Pucino and Wil Polidor. They were very profesional in working this agreement with us. I think it’s a great thing for the Seattle Mariners and it’s a great thing for Felix Hernandez. We’re looking forward to this guy being here for a long time, obviously.”

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