Let me first state that I was wrong. Terribly wrong, and will own up to it. I sincerely thought that Justin Verlander would test free-agency after the 2014 season. Little did I know that the Detroit Tigers still have money to burn. Verlander signed a five-year extension yesterday to become the highest paid pitcher in baseball, and potentially earn over $200 million.
For you all that have bun under a rock for the last day, here’s what the deal looks like. Verlander was already signed for this year and the next for a combined $40 million, and signed a five-year extension for $140 million. So even though I’m not a math major I can see that adds up to $180 million over the next seven years. That’s a whole lot of money. After those seven years though there is an option for the 2020 season where Verlander would make $22 million, which would put him over the $200 million mark.
The big question isn’t if Verlander is worth the money. I can’t think of anyone that would say he didn’t earn this contract, but at the same time it’s very dangerous for the Tigers. Any player can get hurt at any time, but when you have millions and millions invested in a player that risk is extremely elevated.
Verlander is the type of player that has a chance to throw a no-no or even a perfect game every single time he hits the mound. It’s honestly true that I head into every one of his starts asking myself, am I going to see a no-hitter today? He already has two in his career, one against the Toronto Blue Jays, and one against the Milwaukee Brewers, and I would be shocked if he doesn’t at least come close to a few more.
It’s a great deal for both sides. The Tigers get to keep one of the faces of the franchise for years to come and Verlander gets to make a load of money. He talked on twitter yesterday about how he wanted to win a World Series in the city of Detroit.
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!!!
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) March 29, 2013
I love that he wants to stay in one place for his whole career, and as a Tigers fan I’m excited to see him pitch with an Old English D on his chest for the next seven years. As for the World Series thing, they have a legitimate chance of winning a few over the next couple years.
Verlander is the best pitcher in all of baseball and will be for the foreseeable future. he deserves this money and the Tigers made the right choice locking him up before he hit the market and left town for even more money.