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Reports: Hernandez, M's close to deal

Feb. 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

PEORIA, Ariz., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was close to reaching a deal on a contract extension with the team, multiple reports indicated Monday.

Citing sources close to the team, The Seattle Times said an announcement about Hernandez's contract extension could come before Wednesday.

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Contract talks with the Mariners ace were held up last week when a physical exam revealed an unspecified "elbow issue" with the durable right-hander, but sources indicated the injury wasn't seen as serious.

Hernandez has tentatively agreed to a seven-year, $175 million extension, Fox Sports reported.

The seven-year veteran threw a perfect game last season while compiling a 13-9 record with a 3.06 ERA over 33 starts. He struck out 223 batters over 232 innings.

For his career, the five-time all-star has compiled a 98-76 record over 238 games -- all starts -- with a 3.22 ERA and 1,487 strikeouts.

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