Hernandez's contract with Mariners includes elbow injury provision

The Mariners have some protection in case Felix's elbow gives out. (US Presswire)

In addition to a full-no trade clause, Felix Hernandez's new seven-year, $175-million contract with the Mariners includes a provision that takes effect should he suffer an elbow injury.

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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