The Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez have agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports. The deal, which would be finalized before spring training, would reportedly make King Felix the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history.
As the final details of the contract are worked out, Hernandez says he won't pitch for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
The Seattle Mariners ace says in an interview with the Venezuelan sports newspaper Lider that it was a difficult decision to sit out. But he says he should think of his future and denied being influenced by any type of pressure from the Mariners.
Wilfredo Polidor, who represents the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, told Lider earlier on Friday that the Mariners think if Hernandez were to go to the WBC it would be "a very big risk for the negotiations."
Hernandez, who is only 27, still has many productive years left if he stays healthy. The contract would expire when he is 33.
Hernandez won the American League Cy Young Award in 2010 despite posting a 13-12 record on a dismal Mariners team. He threw the first perfect game in Mariners history last season.
For his career, Hernandez is 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA and 1487 strikeouts,