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Time for M's to Realize Commitment Is Good

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Assuming Felix Hernandez's elbow remains a part of his arm, the Mariners will soon commit to their ace like never before. Hernandez will become the first $100 million man in team history, and if you dare call him overpaid, may your dreams be haunted by King Felix throwing 93 mph tridents at your helmetless noggin.

 

The anticipated Hernandez mega deal is both a happy story line to start spring training and a symbolic decision. The Mariners embark Tuesday on a season that is all about determining how much they commit to their current crop.

 

Hernandez is the star and the outlier of this team. He's not just about to become the highest-paid player in franchise history; he's also the only Mariner locked into a significant long-term contract. The...

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