According to a article just posted by ESPN, the Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez are close to finalizing a 5 year deal worth nearly $80 million dollars. Felix Hernandez is still in Venezuala and will be under going a physical within the next 48 hours.
Once the deal is finalized, the Seattle Mariners are assured of keeping their Ace within the organization until he is 28 years old. The upside for Felix Hernandez is that he will be in a position to earn a second large contract in the prime of his career.
Felix Hernandez has been with the Mariners organization since the age of 17. Hernandez finished second in the AL CY Young voting to Zack Greinke, posting a 19-5 record and 2.46 ERA. Last year Hernandez earned $3.8 million through arbirtration and was looking at an increase around $10 million if entering arbitration with the Mariners again. The Seattle organization had 2 remaining years of arbitration remaining with Felix Hernandez, however given his importance to the team and the pending arbitration case of 2 time CY Young winner, Tim Lincecum, it made sense to buy out the last 2 years of Herandez' arbitration and the first 3 years of his Free Agency years.
This deal is a tremendous boost to the Mariners organization and continues to establish the winning presence GM, Jack Zduriencik has brought to the organization. The city of Seattle is rejoicing after languishing in the depths of hell under former GM, Bill Bavasi (perhaps the worst General Manager in any sport of any kind)
The 2010 season brings a real sense of optimism for Mariners fans. This offseason, Jack Zduriencik has continued to turn over the organization and chaos left behind by Bill Bavasi. In Zduriencik's first full year with the Mariners organization he has brought in Chone Figgens, Cliff Lee, Jack Wilson, Franklin Gutierrez, David Aardsma, Casey Kotchman, Milton Bradley and Ken Griffey Jr. The roster is nearly an entire different team after Zduriencik parted ways with Bavasi's ridiculously overpaid goof troop: Most notably, Carlos Silva, Richie Sexson, Yuniesky Betancourt, Kenji Johjima and 1st round draft pick busts Jeff Clement, Phillipe Aumonte and Brandon Morrow.
The city of Seattle has had a rough go in the past few years under the idiocracy of Bavasi and has not had much to celebrate in basketball or NFL football either. Howard Schultz sold the NBA Seattle Sonics to Oklahoma City's Clay Bennett, and the Seattle Seahawks coming off a Super Bowl appearance only 3 years prior hit the basement under the direction of fellow incompetent GM, Tim Ruskell.
A new sense of optimism has definitely hit the moist Seattle air and fireworks aplenty for Jack Zduriencik