Felix Hernandez, the three time American League All Star and 2010 Cy Young Award winner agreed to terms with the Seattle Mariners on a seven year-$175 million contract, according to USA Today Sports.
The deal would be the richest ever for a pitcher, surpassing the $161 million that C.C. Sabathia inked with the New York Yankees four years ago.
Hernandez, 26, has finished in the top five in voting for the Cy Young Award three times in the last four years, striking out at least 217 batters and pitching no less than 232 innings. He’s averaged 32 starts per season since 2006 and hasn’t had less than 30 in any full season he’s pitched in the Major Leagues.
There were two years remaining on Hernandez' existing contract, but the report states this seven year deal will take effect starting with the 2013 season.
According to the report, the contract will be finalized before spring training.
The Astros have only had to face Hernandez once because they were in the National League. In that game, back on June 15, 2007, Houston put four runs up on Hernandez in six innings, Wandy Rodriguez got the win as the Astros topped Seattle 5-1. Hernandez took the loss.
With the new contract Hernandez will get many more opportunities to beat the Astros. With Houston’s move to the American League West, the Astros and Mariners will play each other at least 18 times a season.