The King and his Court

The Seattle Mariners have completed their much-anticipated and much-expected seven-year, $175 million deal Felix Hernandez. His new deal averages out to $25 million per season. The deal will replace the final two seasons of his current contract and delivers the message to the baseball world that the King is theirs.

The Mariners also made a number of other pick-ups that at one point would have made big news…

The Mariners added free-agent pitcher Joe Saunders, 31, to their rotation. To clear a roster spot, the team designated for assignment first baseman and outfielder Mike Carp. Geoff Baker reports that Saunders is expected to earn a base salary of $6.5 million in 2013 with a chance for more money through various incentive bonuses. He’ll likely slot in as the No. 3 starter behind Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.

Seattle also agreed to a minor-league deal with starting pitcher Jon Garland, 33, who will compete for a spot in the back of the rotation. Garland hasn’t pitched since undergoing rotator-cuff surgery in June 2011. Garland is 132-119 lifetime with a 4.32 ERA.

The Mariners also announced a minor-league deal with 6-foot-8, 245-pound relief pitcher Kameron Loe, 31, who spent last season with the Milwaukee Brewers.