Hernandez signs multi-million dollar contract with Mariners
SEATTLE - Right-hander Felix Hernandez agreed today to a $3.8 million, one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, more than seven times his $540,000 salary last season.
Hernandez was 9-11 with a 3.45 ERA in 200 2-3 innings and 31 starts last season, leading the Mariners in victories, starts, innings, strikeouts (175) and ERA. He has a 39-36 career record and a 3.80 ERA. He will be 23 on April 8.
Hernandez's agreement left the Mariners with two players in arbitration: left-hander Erik Bedard and right-hander Aaron Heilman.
In 2008, Hernandez became the first Mariners pitcher to hit a home run when he connected for a grand slam off the New York Mets' Johan Santana on June 23 at Shea Stadium. It was the first grand slam by a pitcher in interleague play.
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