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Hernandez reaches deal with Mariners

Hernandez reaches deal with Mariners

February 12th, 2013 in News

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Felix Hernandez and Seattle reached agreement Tuesday on a contract that is expected to make the Mariners ace the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.

"I think it's a great thing for the Seattle Mariners," Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "It's a great thing for Felix Hernandez, and looking forward to this guy being here for a very long time, obviously."

Hernandez's deal is expected to be for $175 million over seven years. Terms of the contract were not released. Hernandez and Zduriencik will hold a news conference this afternoon in Seattle where Hernandez is expected to sign the contract.

The contract will encompass the final two years of his current deal scheduled to pay Hernandez $40.5 million in 2013 and 2014. He'll get $134.5 million in the other five years.

Hernandez, who will turn 27 on April 8, is 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight seasons with the Mariners.