Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Henriquez signs $49 million extension with Dirtbags

5-time Cy Young winner will remain in Fargo through s15

It didn't take long for Javier Henriquez and the Fargo front office to squash any potential distraction related to Henriquez's impending free agency after this season. The 5-time National League Cy Young Award winner has signed a 5-year extension worth just under $49 million with the Fargo Dirtbags. The extension comes just a couple of weeks after teammate Sammy Pierce, a fellow multiple-time Cy Young winner, re-signed with the team through season 13.

The extension will pay Henriquez $9.75 million per season starting in season 11, which is actually less than the $13 million he is scheduled to make this season, the final of his current deal. The 30-year-old Henriquez won his fifth NL Cy Young Award in season 9 after posting a 16-8 record with a 1.84 ERA and 237 strikeouts in 229.2 IP.

While the Dirtbags have locked up their top starting pitchers for the foreseeable future, they are seemingly set to cut ties with their number three starter Orber Marin as well as long-time setup man Kevin Li and long-time closer Bert Price. Marin and Li have stated previously to the Fargo front office that they will both test the free agent market no matter what and while the team has had negotiations with Price, no agreement has been reached. Should Price not re-sign, setup man Chris Jennings seems most likely to fill the closers roll for the Dirtbags.

Javier Henriquez
Age: 30B/T: L/L
Born: San Francisco De Macoris, DO
Position(s): P (SP2)
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