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King Felix extended for 7 years, $175M

Postby jackie hayes » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:15 pm

I'm sorta surprised I can't find a thread on this already, so if I missed it, feel free to delete, mods. H/t rotoworld. Linkage:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ml ... r/1899241/

Given Greinke's contract, not a shocker. Now, what does Verlander eventually get...
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Re: King Felix extended for 7 years, $175M

Postby Frenchiegangsta9 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:28 pm

Solid deal for both sides. This 7 year deal includes his 2013-2014 seasons which means Felix will be 33 at the end of the contract. As for Verlander, he is 29 and most likely any extension he signs will guarantee him a similar AAV as Hernandez's contract.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/02/m ... -deal.html
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Re: King Felix extended for 7 years, $175M

Postby Ender » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:05 pm

I think the Mariners will regret this deal but I completely understand why they did it.
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Re: King Felix extended for 7 years, $175M

Postby jackie hayes » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:15 pm

Ender wrote:I think the Mariners will regret this deal but I completely understand why they did it.


Given his age, why do you think they'll regret it? Workload? Payroll flexibility?
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Re: King Felix extended for 7 years, $175M

Postby Ender » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:25 pm

Workload. Ease of pitching in that park. The fact his velocity is down 2 MPH over the last year and a half. The general track record of young pitchers who throw that many innings that young.
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Re: King Felix extended for 7 years, $175M

Postby GiantsFan14 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:26 pm

jackie hayes wrote:
Ender wrote:I think the Mariners will regret this deal but I completely understand why they did it.


Given his age, why do you think they'll regret it? Workload? Payroll flexibility?


Because it's a very large amount of money and years for pretty much any pitcher.
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Re: King Felix extended for 7 years, $175M

Postby Grounded Polo » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:25 pm

Ton of money to spend on one guy but who else on that team would you want to have signed for anything more than a year to year basis? His extremely high workload is scary but Felix could end up being a hall of fame pitcher and I'm guessing their fan base can accept his arm falling off by year 5 over signing a guy to a 4 year contract and watching him do absolutely nothing the entire time (Jason Bay, Hello). On the plus side, if he does get hurt and isn't the same when he gets back, he's a smart enough pitcher to still be effective when he returns ala Johan, think the odds of him being completely dead weight by years 6/7 are still as low as they can be for a pitcher.
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Re: King Felix extended for 7 years, $175M

Postby kab21 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:48 am

Ender wrote:I think the Mariners will regret this deal but I completely understand why they did it.


Would it be fair to say that this is true of any 100+M contract?

Here's what I see:
A pitcher that hasn't shown any durability issues yet
A pitcher that doesn't depend on his slider that much
A contract that ends at age 33/34
velocity might be down but K's are increasing and BB's decreasing every season - maybe the velocity is still there but he knows that he doesn't need it?

It's absolutely a lot of money but I think I like it more than the end of Pujols', Fielder's, Votto's and a bunch of hitter's that recently signed contracts until they are almost 40. And this is acknowledging that pitchers are a huge risk.
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Re: King Felix extended for 7 years, $175M

Postby GiantsFan14 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:52 am

It just seems crazy that this is what it takes to lock up a pitcher two years away from free agency. How much could he have gotten on the open market?
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Re: King Felix extended for 7 years, $175M

Postby kab21 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:31 am

GiantsFan14 wrote:It just seems crazy that this is what it takes to lock up a pitcher two years away from free agency. How much could he have gotten on the open market?


Greinke and Lee got almost the same AAV (for 6 and 5 yrs) despite being A) worse and older and B) being quite old. It's crazy to think how much Felix would have gotten on the open market.
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