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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-29-2013, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Tigers Justin Verlander Signs Record Deal

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Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a new contract that could exceed $202 million, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Verlander's deal, which would make him the highest-paid pitcher in the game, is for seven years and worth $180 million, sources said. A vesting option for an eighth year could push the deal to $202 million.

"I love this city & the fans -- couldn't be more excited to spend my career here! We're going to bring a World Series to Detroit!!!" Verlander tweeted.
Justin Verlander of Detroit Tigers agrees to deal which could be worth $202 million, sources - ESPN
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It's funny how only Tigers fans like the idea of Justin Verlander signing a long-term contract. What do you think, JV?
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Probably because everybody who's not a Tigers fan realizes a player who ends a season with a maxium of 35 outings doesn't deserve $200-million of $20-million a year.

Nothing against Verlander, I love to watch the guy. But when it comes out to it, paying a pitcher an average $570,000 an outing, with the average outing for Verlander being 7 innings last year (which is amazingly great for a pitcher), it just makes you scratch your head that a pitcher could be making that kind of money.

Fun fact: Verlander, Lincecum, Johan Santana, Hamels, and Felix Hernandez all average more money per outing than the U.S. President's salary for the entire year.

But with that being said.. Verlander is one of the biggest (if not biggest, right with Cabrera) factor to the Tigers success.. and we all know the race was on to get to $200M for a pitcher.. and we all know Verlander wanted to be that $200M pitcher.. and we really don't know what goes on behind the Tigers offices, but it's likely Verlander was pressuring the club to pay him or say goodbye.


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With all that being said, I'm fine with Verlander getting $200M. (Secretly I wanted him to be the one.)


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He didn't get 200 million. He got 140 million dollar extension onto his current contract. If he reaches all his incentives, and gets the 7th year, then it's 200 million. So he's not a 200 million dollar pitcher. And Verlander didn't pressure for a new contract at all.




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I know that.

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"Of course," he told Yahoo! Sports on Friday morning. "I don't play this game to make the most money. But I do feel like it would be nice to be compensated for what I feel like I've been: one of the best, if not the best, the last few years. In my career, I feel like I've been one of the top. But the last two years, I've kind of separated myself, me and a handful of other guys.
You're probably right though, he wasn't really pressuring it, but it was in the minds of the club.


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People were doing nothing but asking him about his current contract. He wanted nothing to do with the topic. He was just giving his point of view on it. He never once came out and said the Tigers had to extend him.




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You're right, 100% correct. I probably mis-judged by saying he went and said he wanted it or he would leave, but it was in the minds of his and the clubs. Verlander is a real team player who, unlike a lot of players, pitches for the love of the game. Awesome to watch him pitch because he pitches with such intensity every pitch.


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