Let’s get it out of the way right now. A seven year commitment is risky. It is especially risky to make such a commitment to a starting pitcher. The industry has no clue how to keep pitchers healthy and why some pitchers can maintain and why others get hurt often. Even the most healthy pitcher in his 20’s can become an injury-prone 30-something pitcher. The risk is very real, especially when a team like the Seattle Mariners is going to commitment money in the neighborhood of $175 million to a starting pitcher who already has over 1,600 innings logged in eight seasons.
It is a risk. It is always a risk when committing any kind of money to a pitcher. Until Major League Baseball teams can find a way to maintain some semblance of health, money is always on the verge of being lost.
But, all of that really masks the significance of the Seattle Mariners’ commitment to Felix Hernandez. All of that is background noise in the Mariners’ wise decision to sign the best pitcher the franchise has ever had.
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