- Dan Szymborski, ESPN Insider
After much fanfare, the Seattle Mariners have finally signed ace Felix Hernandez to a seven-year contract. While all the details of the deal are not yet available, the basic framework is in place, guaranteeing the 2010 AL Cy Young winner stays in Seattle until 2019 at a cost of $175 million.
The arm of a pitcher may be one of the most fragile things on the planet, but the contracts of superstar pitchers tend to work out more often than not. The odds favor the Mariners getting a good return on their investment in one of baseball's best pitchers.
The Mariners' new contract with Felix Hernandez is a win for the club, as the price of the deal has team protection built into it. Dan Szymborski breaks it down.