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Ex-M’s ace Félix Hernández has minor league deal with Braves

January 20, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the second inning of a baseball game in Baltimore. Longtime Mariners ace Hernandez reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, that includes an invite to big league spring training. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the second inning of a baseball game in Baltimore. Longtime Mariners ace Hernandez reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, that includes an invite to big league spring training. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Longtime Seattle Mariners ace Félix Hernández reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday that includes an invite to big league spring training.

The right-hander would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta’s 40-man roster.

Hernández, who turns 34 in April, is coming off his worst season in the majors. King Felix went 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts for the Mariners and lost his place in the rotation.

Hernández 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. He was a huge crowd favorite at Safeco Field, with fans holding up K cards in The King’s Court to mark his many strikeouts.

The two-time NL East champion Braves hold their first workout for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 13.

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