Seattle inks Felix Hernandez to a seven-year contract

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Felix Hernandez and Seattle reached agreement Tuesday on a contract that is expected to make the Mariners ace the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.

Hernandez’s deal is expected to be for $175 million over seven years. Terms of the contract were not released by the team. Hernandez and general manager Jack Zduriencik will hold a news conference this afternoon.

YANKEES: Alex Rodriguez will not report to spring training with the position players and will work on his rehabilitation from hip surgery in New York.

The third baseman is expected to be sidelined until at least the All-Star break after the Jan. 16 operation.

ROYALS: Acquired utility player Elliott Johnson from Tampa Bay as the player to be named in the Dec. 9 trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City for top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi along with two other minor leaguers.

DIAMONDBACKS: Didi Gregorius, considered the team’s shortstop of the future, has a right elbow injury that has prevented him from throwing or batting for the past month.

General manager Kevin Towers revealed
the injury at a briefing with reporters Tuesday. Towers concedes it is unlikely Gregorius would make the Opening Day roster.

ATHLETICS: Finalized a minor league contract with free agent left-hander Hideki Okajima after he passed his physical.

REDS: Right-hander Mat Latos agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with Cincinnati, avoiding arbitration.

• Third baseman Scott Rolen declined the team’s offer to attend spring training to compete for a reserve role, stating that he’s keeping his options open.

METS: Closer Frank Francisco is bothered by the same elbow inflammation that ended his 2012 season on Sept. 16.


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