Well, I don’t think many around the baseball world saw this coming, but that huge contract the Mariners and Felix Hernandez agreed on may have hit a snag, according to Buster Olney.
Filed to ESPN news desk: Concern about Felix Hernandez’s elbow might affect contract talks about the proposed extension.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 10, 2013
The deal, which Drew covered the other day, would have seen the 26-year-old right-hander make $175 million over the next seven years. The extension would have officially been a five-year, $135.5 million deal that would start in the 2015 season. Hernandez’s current deal with the Mariners has two years remaining on the contract worth $39.5 million.
No word yet if this will cause Hernandez to miss any time this coming season.
Last season, Hernandez went 13-9 on the season with a 3.06 ERA, 2.84 FIP and 8.7 K/9 in 33 starts.
UPDATE: According to Bob Nightengale, the two sides still hope to get a deal done.
Felix Hernandez knows elbow became “issue” after his physical , but both sides say still hoping to complete$175 million deal #mariners
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 10, 2013
Sounds like the extension still may happen, but it could take a while.
#mariners & felix r trying to work thru various issues, including 1 that came up in physical. could take a wk, mnth or more
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 10, 2013