Felix Hernandez will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic.
With a reported $135.5 million extension being negotiated with the Mariners, Hernandez has decided not to play for his native Venezuela.
Hernandez was slated to be the No. 1 starter for his home country, as he was in 2009.
His representatives told ESPNdeportes.com that because the deal is not done, Hernandez will not play in the WBC.
“We still have not reached an agreement, but we are moving forward,” Hernandez’s agent Wilfredo Polidor told ESPNdeportes.com. “At this moment, we have covered 70 percent of the road.”
Polidar went on to say, “Felix called Luis Sojo with a lot of pain in his heart to inform him that he could not play with Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. It’s a shame, because he was really eager to start the first game for Venezuela against the Dominican Republic.”
Felix won't pitch in WBC
Tacoma News Tribune | Feb 9