ESPN's Keith Law made the twittersphere (I can't believe I typed that) explode with a tweet and story that ace Felix Hernandez has agreed to a multi-year extension with the Mariners. He cited a source close to the negotiations.
No details of the length or the money involved.
An optimist would believe it's a six-year deal, a pessimist could counter that it could be a two-year deal.
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However, this latest rumor follows a report of a few days ago from Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman that the two sides had made “a bit” of progress towards agreeing to a five- to six-year extension. If I had a gut feeling, it would be a five-year deal with a player option for six.
We don't know. And nobody with the Mariners is answering. But I trust Law. He's rarely wrong and has a background in working for the Blue Jays.
Either way, it' s exciting news for Mariners fans.
This was supposed to already be a great offseason, but signing Felix to a long-term deal would be monumental.
Hernandez is coming off his best season as a professional, going 19-5 with a 2.46 ERA and finishing second in the American League in Cy Young voting. He also made the American League all-star team and set career highs in strikeouts (217) and innings pitched (238 2/3).
But his importance to the Mariners goes beyond gaudy statistics. Hernandez has established himself as the ace the Mariners always hoped he would become when they signed him out of Venezuela in 2002. This past season, the Mariners were 25-9 in games he started. And in starts following a Seattle loss, Hernandez posted a 15-4 record with a 2.46 ERA.