Mariners’ ace pitcher, Felix Hernandez, receiving a $135 million extension to his contract over the course of five years guarantees two things:
1. Hernandez is now the richest pitcher in the history of baseball. He is set to earn an average salary in the range of $27 million throughout the extension.
2. The Astros, having recently moved to the American League West, will be forced to face perhaps the game’s most dominant pitcher with regularity.
When the discussion turns to baseball’s premiere starting pitchers, Hernandez is regularly referenced with the likes of Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay, Jered Weaver, Clayton Kershaw, and a host of others… and for good reason. Take a look at King Felix’s accomplishments in recent years … they are staggering:
- Three All-Star appearances
- Three top-four finishes in the A.L. Cy Young Award voting (won the award in 2010)
- Three top-five finishes in A.L. in Earned Run Average (league-best 2.27 in 2010)
- Four top-five finishes in A.L. in Innings Pitched (league-best 249.7IP in 2010)
- Four top-five finishes in A.L. in total Strikeouts
- Four top-four finishes in A.L. in Games Started (league-best 34 starts in 2010)
- Three top-five finishes in A.L. in Complete Games
- Led the A.L. in shutouts in 2012 with five
Oh yeah… and he threw the 23rd perfect game in baseball history last August against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hernandez has competed at the highest level for a team that has finished no better than third place in the A.L. West in the last four seasons. He has accounted for 59 of his teams 288 wins since 2009 … a ridiculous 20 percent of the Mariners total. As his statistics show, he comes to work often and is extremely effective when doing so.