June 17, 2021

Felix Hernandez opts out of trying to make Braves due to virus concerns (ESPN)


Felix Hernandez is opting out of the 2020 season, his agent announced on Saturday.

The longtime Seattle Mariner signed a minor league deal with the Braves in January and was competing for a spot in the rotation.

Hernandez, 34, is coming off his worst season in the majors. He went 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts for the Mariners and lost his place in the rotation.

Hernandez was among the best and more durable pitchers in the majors for more than a decade, a stretch that included six All-Star selections and the 2010 AL Cy Young Award. King Felix was a huge crowd favorite at Safeco Field, with fans holding up K cards in The King’s Court to mark his many strikeouts.

Before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport, the right-hander was set to earn $1 million on a one-year contract if he was added to Atlanta’s 40-man roster.



Read “Felix Hernandez opts out of trying to make Braves due to virus concerns” at ESPN