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Orioles signing former Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez to minors deal

Former Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez posted a 1-8 record and 6.40 ERA in the 2019 campaign. He opted out of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. File Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI
Former Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez posted a 1-8 record and 6.40 ERA in the 2019 campaign. He opted out of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. File Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Former American League Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles announced the agreement Wednesday. According to MLB Media, the deal will pay him $1 million if he makes the Orioles' big league roster.

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Hernandez won the AL Cy Young Award (2010) and two ERA titles (2010, 2014) over 15 seasons with the Seattle Mariners before becoming a free agent last off-season. He also earned six All-Star selections in Seattle.

The 34-year-old Hernandez signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves in January 2020. He impressed during spring training, but the veteran right-hander eventually opted out of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

In his most recent MLB action, Hernandez posted a 1-8 record and 6.40 ERA in the 2019 campaign. He hasn't finished with an ERA below 4.00 since 2016, and his last All-Star appearance came in 2015.

Hernandez has a 169-136 record and 3.42 ERA in his MLB career.

The Orioles also announced Wednesday they have agreed to minor league deals with infielders Seth Mejias-Brean and Malquin Canelo, right-handed pitchers Dusten Knight, Konner Wade and Spenser Watkins and veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc.

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