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January 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Felix Hernandez news conference scheduled for 4 p.m.

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They must have knocked off the Felix Hernandez physical earlier than expected because the Safeco Field news conference is now at 4 p.m. Last night, his agent told me it was tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m.
Leaves everyone time for Happy Hour.
For those keeping track of the salary chart, we have some more info.
Franklin Gutierrez is only earning a $2 million base salary in 2010. Throw in a signing bonus of $1.25 million, pro-rated over four years, and you get another $306,000 for this year, so that’s a $2.3 million commitment for 2010. Obviously that’s lower than the $3.5 million we estimated yesterday, so make that just under $87 million in payroll commitments by the team so far.
The rest of Gutierrez’s contract goes:
2011 — $4 million
2012 — $5.5 million
2013 — $ 7 million
2014 — Club option for $7.5 million or $500,000 buyout.
Don’t forget to add the pro-rated bonus of $306,000 to each year.

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