Mariners reluctant to offer big money over injury concerns.
Talks between the Seattle Mariners and star pitcher Felix Hernandez could stall as the MLB team are said to be looking at an elbow problem with the pitcher.
The story was first reported by ESPN beat writer Buster Olney, who tweeted:
With talks of an extension worth $175m over a seven year period, Seattle will not want to spend such a large amount of money on a player who may not be able to play at a level they are expecting him too.
Investing big money in pitchers is not rare in Baseball, as there is no salary cap to restrict clubs.
However, paying a pitcher such a high amount who may have an elbow injury could be a big issue if it does not fully heal, due to the elbow going under an excessive amount of work over a pitcher’s career, it could be a big waste of money.
The Mariners finished bottom of the highly competitive AL West last year, and securing the signature of Hernandez was a big part of their offseason plans going forward.
A contract extension for the 26-year-old is still something that the Mariners will aim to achieve as a long term investment but the asking price may now be in dispute until this injury issue is resolved