Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Felix Hernandez, Mariners finalize 7-year, $175M deal

The Seattle Mariners and staff ace Felix Hernandez had agreed to a seven-year deal worth $175 million last week, but some concerns about the long-term risks of King Felix's elbow held the deal up.

With some protective language added, the deal was finalized today.

"I would send along my congratulations to [Hernandez's agents] Scott Pucino and Wil Polidor. They were very professional 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," said GM Jack Zduriencik, per Greg Johns of MLB.com.

Although Hernandez had two years remaining on his existing contract, this deal will replace those two years and he is now under contract through the 2019 season.

Now the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history, Hernandez is my fourth-ranked fantasy starter in my 2013 fantasy baseball rankings.

A workhorse and a model of consistency, Hernandez has struck out 217-plus batters in four consecutive seasons.  Despite posting a cumulative ERA of 2.92 over the past three seasons, however, Hernandez is only five games above .500 during that span (40-35) and lack of run support is only real concern from a fantasy perspective.

Year Age W L ERA CG SHO IP SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2005 19 4 4 2.67 0 0 84.1 77 0.996 6.5 0.5 2.5 8.2 3.35
2006 20 12 14 4.52 2 1 191.0 176 1.335 9.2 1.1 2.8 8.3 2.93
2007 21 14 7 3.92 1 1 190.1 165 1.377 9.9 0.9 2.5 7.8 3.11
2008 22 9 11 3.45 2 0 200.2 175 1.385 8.9 0.8 3.6 7.8 2.19
2009 23 19 5 2.49 2 1 238.2 217 1.135 7.5 0.6 2.7 8.2 3.06
2010 24 13 12 2.27 6 1 249.2 232 1.057 7.0 0.6 2.5 8.4 3.31
2011 25 14 14 3.47 5 0 233.2 222 1.220 8.4 0.7 2.6 8.6 3.31
2012 26 13 9 3.06 5 5 232.0 223 1.142 8.1 0.5 2.2 8.7 3.98
8 Yrs 98 76 3.22 23 9 1620.1 1487 1.212 8.2 0.7 2.7 8.3 3.10

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