Feb
07

Report: Felix Hernandez close to extension with Mariners

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Felix Hernandez is close to signing a mammoth seven-year, $175M contract with the Mariners according to Bob Nightengale. The deal rips up the final two years of his previous contract and takes effect immediately, so it’s basically a five-year extension that will keep him in Seattle through 2019. The Yankees and pretty much every other team have tried to trade for Felix at some point recently, but GM Jack Zduriencik steadfastly refused to discuss him. Don’t worry, I’m sure the Yankees will pay through the nose for whatever is left of his career in seven years.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League

44 Comments»

  1. Robinson Tilapia says:

    *searches for Melky + IPK quickly*

    DAMNIT.

  2. MSM says:

    Wow giving the largest extension ever to a guy who had a 13-9 record last year…Mariners will forever be haunted for trading Ichiro.

  3. Upstate Yanks says:

    I’ve never liked Felix simply because he’s never wanted to be traded to a better ball club. It’s too easy for him to pitch in safeco and not have to worry about the pressure of a pennant race. He can just sit back and be loved as the king of a shitty ball club. Have fun you zero.

    • Manny's BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte's Fibula) says:

      That’s not fair. Maybe he’d rather try and win with the team that developed him rather than being a mercenary and signing on with the highest bidder.

      • gc says:

        We’ll see if he feels the same way in a year or two about that whole “i don’t wanna be traded” thing now that they’re moving the fences in at Safeco.

        • nyyankfan_7 says:

          Check out his career stats, I don’t think he will care where they move the fences. He has pitched the exact same amount of games home & away and his numbers are pretty close on both. The guy is a great pitcher, he will have good numbers no matter where he pitches.

      • josh0909 says:

        The Mariners stink, and they’re not going to win a damn thing in that division for a very long time. Every Baseball player wants to win, but Felix simply doesn’t show the desire to win.

        • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain) says:

          Maybe he just likes playing in Safeco. Gotta tell you, if I liked playing in Houston, I’d probably play there over some place like Detroit or Chicago.

        • OldYanksFan says:

          Could have said the exact same thing about TB 5 years ago.
          Many of Seattle’s youth haven’t come through yet… with Smoak and Montero not helping. But they do have some young talent, and I believe their farm is very strong.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Completely agree. If he feels that org has treated him well, and has loyalty to them, then he’ll want to be around for when they do win.

    • Will The Thrill says:

      I agree completely. Fuck him and Cliff Lee.

  4. Gonzo says:

    Verlander has to be happy about this.

  5. Well this sucks.

    Also, Mike I am sure you meant that the Yankees are still going to pay out the ass in 7 years for what is left of Felix. For Shame.

  6. Greg says:

    all of this “we’re going to get Felix” talk has been just a lot of wasted energy. Owners of Mariners are rich, and always intended to pay/overpay for him. Of course Felix had to take the deal – 2/40 or 7/175? Anything can happen to a pitcher in two years. Verlander and Kershaw will be next. The only #1 who is (potentially) going to be available is Price.

  7. Manny's BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte's Fibula) says:

    The Yankees are gonna have to develop their own aces because the supply in the FA market is becoming more and more scarce.

    In the last year Weaver, Hamels, Cain and now King Felix all signed long term deals before reaching free agency.

  8. trr says:

    I never thought we’d get him anyway…David Price anyone?

  9. jg233 says:

    guy must love to lose…

  10. RetroRob says:

    So what does Verlander ask for? 8/240?

  11. OldYanksFan says:

    They already had the King for 2/$39.5m
    So basically, the extra 5 years cost them $135.5m, or $27m year.
    So basically, he has to be good for 6 WAR/yr over those 5 years to be worth his weight.

    In his last 4 years he has posted bWARs of 5.6, 6.8, 3.4 and 4.6.
    In his last 4 years he has posted fWARs of 6.8. 6.0, 5.2 and 6.1.

    I don’t know how well WAR really measures Pitches, but for a big contract, this looks pretty reasonable for Seattle.

  12. LitFig says:

    The recent extensions of King Felix, Matt Cain and Cole Hamels show the need to develop your own starters, or get enough prospects to trade for a stud.

  13. Ben says:

    You really thought that you were going to get THE KING?!!!? Just because most players go after the money doesn’t mean that they all do!! This isn’t some Top Gun for hire like AFRAUD!! Oh yeah, have fun with that!! Times are a changing. New York or any other city would never be able to treat Felix and love him as much as we do. Who cares if we’re losing right now. There are SOOOOOO many Yankees fans and sports writers who have been crossing their fingers FOR YEARS that they could get the King! I’ve only got one thing to say, “HA HA HA HA!!!”

    Ok that’s my one and only (ever) troll post to Yankees fans! I’m done. Good night!

  14. Ted Nelson says:

    Waw, waw, waw… I can’t have my favorite toy!!!!!!!!!!!! Grow up.

  15. Kiko Jones says:

    7 years from now, after a string of 3rd place finishes for the Yankees, maybe Hal will spend the money to get what’s left of King Felix. But now? He’s got a luxury tax to think about. Ugh.

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