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Felix Hernandez: $175 Million Elbow Issue

According to ESPNs Buster Olney, there is some concern about the status of Hernandezs pitching elbow which could affect contract talks.

Thats all the information we have for now, but you can bet that more details will trickle out soon.

Hernandez, 26, posted a superb 3.06 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 223/56 K/BB ratio in 232 innings last season.

He is currently under contract for $19.5 million in 2013 and $20 million in 2014.


UPDATE, 3:20 PM: Olney provides a little more insight in his story filed to ESPN.com:

The elbow issue is perceived by at least one of the parties in the deal as being a possible impediment to the completion of the new contract.

Its an issue, said one source.

UPDATE, 3:37 PM: Nightengale hears that both sides are still hoping to complete the seven-year, $175 million contract extension. Perhaps the Mariners will try to add some injury clauses.

UPDATE, 4:18 PM: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik gave a no comment to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times about the situation but noted that Felix will report to camp on schedule this week.

UPDATE, 4:39 PM: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says it could take a week, month or more to work through various issues in the language of the extension.

For more on this story visit: Drew Silva, NBC Sports Hardball Talk


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