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Felix Hernandez Agrees To $175 Million Deal

Posted By Sports Talk Florida On February 7, 2013 @ 7:56 PM In Florida News,MLB | No Comments

[1]Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract that should be finalized before spring training, making him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history, a person familiar with the contract details told USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract is not yet official.

Hernandez was scheduled to earn $19.5 million in 2013 and $20 million in ’14. Instead, his new contract will take effect this season and pay him a record average annual value of $25 million through 2019.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and Alan Nero, an agent at Octagon Sports, which represents Hernandez, declined comment.

Hernandez’s contract trumps CC Sabathia’s seven-year, $161 million deal, signed before the 2009 season, as the richest ever for a pitcher. Hernandez’s average annual salary of $25 million trumps the $24.5 million that Zack Greinke will receive annually from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a six-year, $147 million deal signed in December.

For more on this story visit: Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports [2]

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