Look we all know about the greatness of Felix Hernandez. And we’ve seen him make the leap to another level this season. But of course, this being the Northwest and the fact that the four-letter network seems to think the world revolves around the American League East, Felix can get kind of lost in the hype. Think about how much we had to listen to the transition of Joba Chamberlain from reliever to a starter.
But the King is starting to turn some heads. ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote the top of his blog post today on Felix.
Here’s the part I thought was interesting ..
But so long as Hernandez remains healthy, he will continue to climb toward what figures to be a monster contract. He is still just 23 years old, and he is on track to become a free agent after the 2011 season. CC Sabathia got a six-year, $161 million contract when he was 28 years old. Johan Santana got his record deal when he was 28 years old.
Just imagine what the Mets, Angels, Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox or Cubs might be willing to pay Hernandez, as a healthy, elite pitcher at age 25. The economy will have no impact on a 25-year-old who can throw two types of fastballs, his curve and changeup for strikes at any point in the ball-strike count, with conviction and dominance.
We all know they need to sign Felix to an extension before he becomes a free agent.
But ask yourself, if you were in his place, would you sign an extension or would you wait and test the market?