Superstar starting pitcher Felix Hernandez may have just made his team, the Seattle Mariners, very happy by agreeing to a huge extension, but his deal may have very negative implications for the Boston Red Sox.
The 26-year-old Hernandez just landed the richest contract in baseball history for a pitcher, agreeing to a five-year extension worth $135.5 million that will keep him in Seattle through the 2019 season. Added on to his current contract, Hernandez's total deal amounts to seven years and $175 million.
During his eight-year major league career, Hernandez has developed into one of the best pitchers in baseball. He has a career record of 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA and 1,487 strikeouts in 1,620.1 innings. He also won the 2010 AL Cy Young Award and has finished in the top four on two other occasions.
Although Hernandez has never thrown a pitch for the Red Sox, his new deal could come as a huge blow to the team. With him coming off the market, the Red Sox, who currently lack a bona fide ace on their major league roster or a clear-cut candidate coming up through their system, now have their already meager options dwindle all the more.
As recently as last year, speculation started that Boston could possibly make a play for Hernandez through a trade or free agency following the 2014 season.