After much, now-unnecessary stress, Felix Hernandez will officially be a Mariner for a long time. After an offseason of repeated rumors, and repeated denials that the Mariners and Felix were close to a contract extension, got the good news next week. Then the team took an MRI of Felix’s elbow and it sanded some of the luster off of what was a pretty amazing day in Mariners history.
This doesn’t mean that the shine has returned in full. The Mariners think something could be wrong with Felix’s elbow at some point. Of course, elbow surgery has become the near-equivalent to a 60,000 mile tune up on a car. Some guys come back even better, most guys come back just as good. The probability that Felix misses a year of time to the knife, and another year of reduced productivity to rehab are reasonably high. The probability that he’s reasonably good in the other five years of this seven year contract is also reasonably high.
The Mariners reportedly got some kind of provision for such a scenario and whatever, they’ll save some money, or maybe void a year if something catastrophic happens. Or something.
If Felix is healthy we know that he won’t be wearing god damned pinstripes with only a first round pick as compensation to the Mariners. The Mariners can keep Felix for the next seven years.