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Cause for Concern for the King?
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The collective breaths of Mariner’s fans will be held today as Felix Hernandez reports to spring training for a much anticipated physical, according to ESPN. The three time All-Star and 2010 Cy Young winner has been working with the front office over a seven year, $175 million dollar deal. What’s been postponing the announcement? According to the report, a concern has risen over the condition of Hernandez’s elbow which is credited for impeding the contract's progress. Despite this setback, the report indicated Hernandez has exhibited a normal throwing motion in pre-training workouts. Last year Hernandez finished 5th in earned runs in the AL (3.06), registered 223 strike-outs, 21 quality starts, and helped the Mariners finish in the top-ten in team ERA in all Major League Baseball. The young pitching sensation only picked up 13 wins last season, largely due to a Seattle offense which struggled to give him more wins. If the Mariners wish to find success this season and stay competitive with a loaded Angel squad, a surging Athletics ball club, and a still-potent Rangers team, they need Hernandez healthy for this season and many seasons to come.