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Felix Hernandez's Deal Paves Path for Pitchers

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Felix Hernandez's Deal Paves Path for Pitchers
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Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander had just finished signing his scorecard Thursday at Pebble Beach when he heard the stunning news. Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners agreed on a seven-year, $175 million contract, the richest deal for a pitcher, according to a person familiar with the contract but unauthorized to speak publicly until the deal was finalized.

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