(CBS) – According to a report from the USA Today, the Mariners have agreed to a contract extension with ace Felix Hernandez that will make the right-hander the highest-paid pitcher in baseball’s history.
Bob Nightengale reports the deal is worth $175 million over seven years.READ MORE: Doggy Daycare Owner Appalled After Cook County State's Attorney Declines To Prosecute State Inspector Jose Guillen, Who Was Caught On Camera Groping Her
The extension is expected to be finalized at some point before spring training.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Single Digits On The Way
Hernandez was scheduled to earn $19.5 million in 2013 and $20 million in 2014. His new contract will take effect this season and pay him a record average annual salary of $25 million through 2019.MORE NEWS: View Live Radar
The 26-year-old Hernandez, who made his Major League debut when he was just 19, is 98-76 through eight seasons with an ERA of 3.22. He won the AL CY Young Award in 2010.