Hernandez signs for $3.8M

Updated: January 19, 2009, 6:12 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The Seattle Mariners have signed pitcher Felix Hernandez, who was eligible for arbitration for the first time, to a one-year contract worth $3.8 million.

The Mariners and the right-hander have explored multiyear deals over the past two offseasons, but without success. Hernandez can't become a free agent until after the 2011 season.

Hernandez was 9-11 last season for a Seattle team that lost 101 games; his nine victories were a team high. He also led the Mariners in ERA (3.45) and ...

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