Felix Hernandez and Seattle agree on contract

Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners are almost done with a seven-year contract worth $175 million. That averages out to $25 million a year.

The deal is not official but if it turns out to be $175 million, Hernandez will be the highest paid pitcher in baseball history, according to USA Today.

In January 2010, Hernandez signed a five-year deal that was worth $78 million. In 2010, he won the American League Cy Young Award. He also has a 2.27 ERA and struck out 232 in 249 innings. On August 15, he pitched a perfect game which grabbed the Mariners’ attention even more.

Hernandez debuted in 2005 and the Mariners have had one winning season since. There were talks of them possibly trading him to rebuild but it never came to that. In 2015, he will have been in Seattle for 10 years which means that there will be a no-trade clause.

The Associated Press reports that Hernandez is set to earn $40.5 million over the next two seasons. This contract would surpass  CC Sabathia’s original , seven-year contract with the New York Yankees for $161 million. His $25 million average would surpass Zack Greinke’s new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $24.5 million average.

If this deal goes through, that would leave Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw as the most appealing free agent pitchers for the 2014 season.

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