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No progress in King Felix contract talks

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Contract talks between the Seattle Mariners and their star pitcher, Felix Hernandez, have stalled, according to CBS Sports.

Hernandez still has two years left on his current contract but both sides want to extend the deal. Seattle is reportedly looking to give Hernandez four additional years while Hernandez is seeking a six-year extension.

A six-year deal would likely make Hernandez the highest-paid pitcher in baseball in total dollars.

Hernandez has said he wants to stay in Seattle but is in no rush to sign an extension. A source told CBS Sports that there has been "no traction" in talks between the two sides.

Fox Sports recently reported that the Mariners considered offering Hernandez a four-year, $100 million deal.

Recent deals to pitchers Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels and CC Sabathia have been in the $23 million-$25 million per-year range.

Hernandez, along with Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander, are considered the top three pitchers in baseball and will likely look to break the $25 million per-year mark when they seek new contracts.

Hernandez, 26, has $39.5 million left on his current deal. He was 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA and had 223 strikeouts over 232 innings last season.
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