3-3-08: John Hickey says the Mariners have made an initial offer to Felix. On Friday I suggested it might take $15-17MM to buy out his three arbitration years. The Mariners wouldn’t mind buying out a free agent year while they’re at it.
3-1-08: The Seattle Mariners have approached Felix Hernandez and his agent about signing a long-term contract. According to Hernandez’ agent, Wil Polidor, the club has broached the idea but no formal offers have been made. Polidor went on to say that he will be in Arizona for the next two weeks and has plans to meet with Mariners brass.
Hernandez, who was 14-7 with a 3.92 ERA in ’07 will be eligible for arbitration for the first time following the ’08 season.
By Cork Gaines and Tim Dierkes