Mariners concerned about Felix Hernandez's elbow

There is a reason why Felix Hernandez's record-setting contract has not yet been completed.  The 26-year old pitcher was expected to sign a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Seattle Mariners, but the deal is still not finalized.  And the reason could be because of concerns over Hernandez's elbow.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Mariners have some concerns over "issues" that were brought to their attention during Hernadez's physical.  Now, the Mariners are not close to finalizing the contract extension.  The extent of the problem has not been released as both sides are trying to stay as quiet as possible about the issue.

Just last week, the $175 million deal seemed all but done, but now the entire extension could be in contract.  If the Mariners so choose, they could scrap the entire plan and hold off.  They have Hernandez under control for the next two seasons.  That would give them plenty of time to evaluate his elbow and make sure their money is being well-spent.

Hernandez has been dominant for the Mariners.  In his career, he has a 98-76 record with a 3.22 ERA.  He was the American league Cy Young in 2010 after positing a league-low ERA of 2.27.  The year before that, Hernandez posted a 2.49 ERA.

He has proven himself to be one of the best in the league, but it's not surprising that the Mariners are taking extra precautions before finalizing the extension.  They need to make sure King Felix will be able to pitch throughout the entirety of the deal.

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