|The Mariners have some protection in case Felix's elbow gives out. (US Presswire)|
Felix Hernandez's contract will include 8th season at $1MM if he sustains specific elbow injury, sources tell @ken_rosenthal and me.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 14, 2013
Felix would need to miss approx. 120-130 days within one season or consecutive seasons in order for clause to activate, sources say.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 14, 2013
Over the weekend we heard that concerns about Hernandez's elbow arose during the pre-signing physical. Rather than reduce the guaranteed money or shorten the deal, the team chose to have the option of retaining their ace right-hander for an extra year at a dirt-cheap salary should he get hurt.
The Red Sox included a similar clause in John Lackey's five-year contract, giving them a club option for a sixth year should he miss any time with a pre-existing elbow injury. Lackey missed the entire 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery.
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