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Felix Hernandez likely wants 6-year Mariners deal

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09:04 AM ET 01.27 | While the Seattle Mariners are said to have tried to start contract talks with superstar pitcher Felix Hernandez, there are no serious talks taking place at the moment, sources familiar with the situation tell CBSSports.com. And if the Mariners are interested in a four-year extension to the two years left on Hernandez's current contract, as was reported this week, that's not likely to kick-start talks. Hernandez has stated many times in his career he'd prefer to stay in Seattle, but word is he'd seek at least a six-year extension. Such a deal would surely make him baseball's best-paid pitcher, at least in terms of total dollars. As for current talks, there's been no exchange of offers and "no traction,'' according to people with knowledge of the situation.

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January 27, 2013  09:53 AM ET

IMO, he's the best pitcher in baseball. But 8 years guaranteed is a little risky. He's already thrown over 1600 innings in his career, and although he's been a work horse, that's bound to catch up to you sooner or later.

Just take the reported 4 year $100M extension Felix, and don't get to greedy. If your still healthy and going strong in 6 years, you'll still only be 33 years old, and could recoup the 2 years easily.

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January 27, 2013  10:00 AM ET

Play out the season and see where you stand with him, and if things are not any better, then maybe you think about moving him for high level prospects.

January 27, 2013  10:10 AM ET

IMO, the money is nice, but if I were Felix, I would get the hell out of Seattle. Go to someplace like Los Angeles. Felix has lost quite a few close games, because the M's have very little power!!!!

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January 27, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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I thought only the owners could be greedy? That's what some of the boys on the hockey threads have been trying to tell me anyways.

I think when it comes to greed in hockey, there's enough blame on both sides. But it's great to watch some NHL hockey again, that's for sure. Have gone to about 7 P Bruins games this year to fill the void.

January 27, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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why shouldn't he be greedy?

Ask Tim Lincecum.

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January 27, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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so I'm not sure as to which side you are talking about?the owners, player or fan?As a player- why shouldn't you try and get max value while you can and your stock is high?- as you say with timmy- who knows when you'll get hurt or fall apart?As an owner- sure- you have to make prudent decisions- yes...'locking up' a guy that has tons of innings is a risk and yes- you may want to move him for assets.....And as a fan- if you were a Seattle fan- wouldn't you think you'd want to keep a home grown guy?but you CANNOT blame the player for wanting as much $ as he can get

Getting all you can as a player is great, but when your King Felix, and somebody offers you $100M, on top of the $83M you will have already earned to that point, you take it and be set for life.

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January 27, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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so basically you want him to sell the service he provides for a discount?why?I mean he's already made like 40 mil in his career to this point....isn't that enough to last a lifetime or 2?why should he make any salary anymore>?These guys provide an entertainment service to us- there are BILLIONS in the game if felix ain't making the $$- they the owners do-why do you, as a fan, care who makes the $ ?its not like they'd lower ticket and beer prices if they didn't pay the $ out

$25M a year is not exactly a discount. But a a player, especially a pitcher with 1,600 innings already under his belt, you have to be smart when trying to maximize your value.

Felix is still 2 full years away from becoming a free agent and selling himself to the highest bidder. A lot can happen in that time. So when the team wants to guarantee you another 4 years at $25M a season, if you like playing and living in Seattle then to me it's a no brainier to take the money now.

If he gets hurt he won't see close to that from anybody.

Well maybe the Yankees:)

January 27, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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Getting all you can as a player is great, but when your King Felix, and somebody offers you $100M, on top of the $83M you will have already earned to that point, you take it and be set for life.

Good point, but The Mariners will probably never win the AL West, in his playing career, so maybe Felixi wants to go to a team that has a chance to make it to the playoffs. Why not go to a team that has a chance to win it all and get paid too???

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January 27, 2013  11:14 AM ET
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Good point, but The Mariners will probably never win the AL West, in his playing career, so maybe Felixi wants to go to a team that has a chance to make it to the playoffs. Why not go to a team that has a chance to win it all and get paid too???

That's fine, if he wants to leave Seattle then he should just come out and say he prefers to give free agency a try in 2 years, not try and get 2 more years from Seattle.

And nobody know how good the Mariners will be in a couple years. They have one of the top farm systems in baseball, and their ownership has shown they are willing to spend.

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