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Mariners Sign Hernandez

The Mariners and starting pitcher Felix Hernandez have agreed to a one year deal worth 3.8 million dollars. Hernandez, who went 9-11 with a 3.45 ERA and 175 strikeouts, is set to become a free agent after the 2011 season. Hernandez has the potential to be an All-Star pitcher. He commands his pitches well, keeps them down, and is very mature for his age. He owns a high WHIP, but the Mariners poor defense is one of the problems. If the Mariners added someone who could play defense on the left side, you could see Hernandez have a Brandon Webb-like season the year after Troy Glaus left.

The Mariners would be smart to lock up Hernandez, who will be the most sought after free agent in 2011. If they lock him up for four or five years, especially at a reduced price, it will look like a very good deal.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.