Orioles signing former Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez to minors deal


Feb. 3 (UPI) — Former American League Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles announced the agreement Wednesday. According to MLB Media, the deal will pay him $1 million if he makes the Orioles’ big league roster.

Hernandez won the AL Cy Young Award (2010) and two ERA titles (2010, 2014) over 15 seasons with the Seattle Mariners before becoming a free agent last off-season. He also earned six All-Star selections in Seattle.

The 34-year-old Hernandez signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves in January 2020. He impressed during spring training, but the veteran right-hander eventually opted out of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

In his most recent MLB action, Hernandez posted a 1-8 record and 6.40 ERA in the 2019 campaign. He hasn’t finished with an ERA below 4.00 since 2016, and his last All-Star appearance came in 2015.

Hernandez has a 169-136 record and 3.42 ERA in his MLB career.

The Orioles also announced Wednesday they have agreed to minor league deals with infielders Seth Mejias-Brean and Malquin Canelo, right-handed pitchers Dusten Knight, Konner Wade and Spenser Watkins and veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc.


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