From Comcast SportsNetPEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Felix Hernandez and Seattle reached agreement Tuesday on a contract that is expected to make the Mariners ace the highest-paid pitcher in baseball."I think it's a great thing for the Seattle Mariners," Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "It's a great thing for Felix Hernandez, and looking forward to this guy being here for a very long time, obviously."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 Zduriencik will hold a news conference in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon where Hernandez is expected to sign the contract.Earlier Tuesday, Zduriencik said the sides were having significant talks to try to finalize a new contract for the three-time All-Star and 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner. Zduriencik said then that a deal of that magnitude in years and dollars, "takes time to work things out."It didn't take too long. By the afternoon, Hernandez's deal was done and Seattle had its ace locked up through the 2019 season.The new contract will encompass the final two years of his current deal that is scheduled to pay Hernandez 40.5 million in 2013 and 2014. He'll receive 134.5 million over the additional five years.Hernandez's total dollars would top CC Sabathia's original 161 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees and his 25 million average would surpass Zack Greinke's 24.5 million under his new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and tie him for the second-highest in baseball with Josh Hamilton and Ryan Howard behind Alex Rodriguez (27.5 million). Hernandez's new money would average 26.9 million over five years.With Hernandez off the market, Detroit's Justin Verlander and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw become the most attractive pitchers eligible for free agency after the 2014 season. Tampa Bay's David Price is eligible after the 2015 season.Hernandez, who will turn 27 on April 8, is 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight seasons with the Mariners. He won a career-high 19 games in 2009 when he finished second in the Cy Young voting then won the award a year later when he went just 13-12 but had a 2.27 ERA and 232 strikeouts.Hernandez appeared to be making another Cy Young push last year before going 0-4 in his last six starts, which left him at 13-9 with 223 strikeouts.His career record would be even better if he didn't play with one of baseball's worst offenses. Seattle had the lowest batting average in the major leagues in each of the last three seasons. Hernandez has taken 10 losses during that span when he's given up two earned runs or less.For his career, Hernandez has allowed two earned runs or less in 141 of 238 starts, but the team is only 99-42 in those games due to the offensive problems.
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Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Quotes, notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Orioles.
"He was able to neutralize their top half (of the lineup) and that was the biggest thing.'' - John Farrell on Steven Wright.
"He never broke stride, continued in a full-out gait around third base. It was a good heads-up play on his part.'' - Farrell on Mookie Betts scoring all the way from second on a swinging bunt.
"It kind of throws them off because then if I leave one up, I'm hoping the difference in the speed will get them out front.'' - Steven Wright on changing speeds on the knuckleball.
"Yeah, I do. Off the field. Not when I'm at the park, but off the field, I do.'' - Xander Bogaerts, acknowledging that he does think about his ongoing hitting streak.
"It was amazing. Hitting my first home run and putting us ahead three (more) runs, it's awesome.'' - Marco Hernandez on his first major league home run.
* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 23 games with two doubles.
* Marco Hernandez's three-run homer in the eighth inning was his first major league homer.
* Mookie Betts has now reached in 13 straight games against the Orioles.
* Betts has scored 14 runs in his last 11 games.
* In his last seven games, David Ortiz is 14-for-28 in his last seven games.
* Ortiz has seven homers in his last 12 games at Camden Yards and 12 homers in his last 16 games here.
* Ortiz has homered in each of his last three games, the 18th time in his career that he's done that.
* Steven Wright tossed a career-high 122 pitches.
* Wright became the third Red Sox starter to toss three consecutive complete games on the road since Roger Clemens in 1991-92.
1) Steven Wright
Wright's third complete game of the season was a gem, with just four hits allowed - just three them into the outfield. He's got a 1.79 ERA on the road this season.
2) Xander Bogaerts
In addition to extending his hitting streak to 23 games, Bogaerts had two doubles and knocked in two runs.
3) Marco Hernandez
Hernandez's first big league homer was a big one, extending what had been a two-run lead to a five-run cushion with a three-run blast in the eighth