Report: Felix Hernandez close to extension with Mariners

Poll: The Yankees' Top Prospect
Rothschild: Pineda could throw off full mound next week

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.

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Poll: The Yankees' Top Prospect
Rothschild: Pineda could throw off full mound next week
  • Robinson Tilapia

    *searches for Melky + IPK quickly*

    DAMNIT.

  • MSM

    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.

    • jim p

      They must be planning to build a winning ball club. Not a team in the world that wouldn’t want that guy.

      • Mike HC

        I think with “MSM” as his handle and citing Wins and Losses, he was joking.

    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

      I hope this comment was made in jest.

      • jesse

        Handle of “MSM” gave it away for me.

  • Upstate Yanks

    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)

      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

        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

          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

        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)

          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

          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

        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

      I agree completely. Fuck him and Cliff Lee.

  • Gonzo

    Verlander has to be happy about this.

    • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

      He’s gonna be the first $200 million pitcher.

      8/$200 is my prediction.

      • nyyankfan_7

        Felix will be 27 and Verlander will be 30 by Opening Day, if they give him 8 years and 200 million they will live to regret it.

        • Gonzo

          I dunno, Mike Ilitch is 83. I’m horrible, I know.

          • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

            Wow.

    • mitch

      Kershaw too

      • Gonzo

        Yeah. Wowzers.

      • LK

        He’s the one that has the chance to completely redefine pitching contracts if he actually waits til free agency.

        • Get Phelps Up

          10/260?

          • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

            I don’t know about that. That’s pushing it in my opinion. Wait, we’re talking about the Dodgers, right? Then a 10/700.

            I think Kershaw will get 7-8 years at about 25-28 million a year.

    • trr

      every pitcher!

    • RetroRob

      Didn’t Verlander and Hernandez both sign their last deals within a few weeks of each other? I wonder if we’ll hear something on Verlander next.

      • Gonzo

        Yeah. Just saw that MLBTR referred to this. Verlander had to get a little more than Felix.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formally Drew)

    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.

  • Greg

    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.

  • Manny’s BanWagon (formerly Andy Pettitte’s Fibula)

    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.

  • trr

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      FYDP

  • jg233

    guy must love to lose…

    • DC

      Says the guy selling plasma for beer money.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        It’s an LED, not a plasma … Sheesh!!

  • RetroRob

    So what does Verlander ask for? 8/240?

    • Cris Pengiucci

      No, 7/176 will do.

    • MB923

      If Verlander gets 8 year/$240, then the Dodgers will give Kershaw 16 year/$480 mil

  • OldYanksFan

    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.

  • LitFig

    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.

  • Ben

    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!

  • Ted Nelson

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

  • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

    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.