Mariners want to make Felix Hernandez a 'Mariner for life'

King Felix in Seattle, a career-long match? (Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Seattle Mariners have broached the subject of a long-term contract extension with ace pitcher Felix Hernandez, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. In fact, the Mariners want to make King Felix a "Mariner for life."

The interest appears to be mutual. Hernandez's agent, Alan Nero, told Heyman that King Felix loves Seattle, though he also made sure to note there's no hurry. Remember, Hernandez has two years and $20 million left on his current deal.

Also of note here are the escalating salaries of starting pitchers. It might behoove Nero and Hernandez to wait until after Zack Greinke signs his megadeal (presumably with the now-flush-with-cash Dodgers). Hernandez is clearly a superior pitcher and could ask for a bigger offer. 

Hernandez, 26, went 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 223 strikeouts in 232 innings last season. He also threw the first perfect game in Mariners history and led the majors with five shutouts.

Locking up Hernandez to a lucrative long-term extension would obviously be huge for the Mariners, though the likelihood that some Yankees fans/media stop pining for him isn't high.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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