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Felix Hernandez, Seattle close to seven-year, $175-million deal

February 08, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Felix Hernandez became the first Seattle pitcher to throw a perfect game last season.
Felix Hernandez became the first Seattle pitcher to throw a perfect game… (Stephen Brashear / Getty…)

Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners are working on a seven-year, $175-million contract that would make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball, the Associated Press reports.

Seattle would add $134.5 million of guaranteed money over five years to the contract of the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, whose current agreement calls for him to receive $40.5 million over the next two seasons.

Hernandez, 26, became the first Seattle pitcher to throw a perfect game in a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay last August.

Hernandez is 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight seasons with the Mariners. He won a career-high 19 games in 2009 when he finished second in the Cy Young voting then won the award a year later when he went 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA and 232 strikeouts.

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