King Felix just became the king of the contract hill.
Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners’ ace, has agreed to a new seven-year, $175 million extension with the team, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale . The deal is not finalized yet, but should be before spring training opens.
The contract makes Hernandez both the highest-paid pitcher in baseball and the new owner of the highest overall contact signed by a pitcher, topping CC Sabathia’s $161 million deal. The new deal would go into effect immediately and pay $25 million annually through 2019.
Oh, it’s nice to be the king.
Hernandez, the 2010 Cy Young winner, had another stellar 2012 season, which included a 3.06 ERA and a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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