DETROIT, Michigan —
Justin Verlander will be a Detroit Tiger for the rest of his career. The ace and the game of baseball’s best starting pitcher agreed to a contract extension on Friday morning. The extension is for 5 years, and combined with the 2 years remaining on his current deal, locks Verlander up for the next 7 seasons at a price tag of up to $180 million. An option for an 8th season could boost the total up to $202 million. Verlander will make $20 million for each of the next two seasons, then $28 million annually 2015-2019, leading up to option.
The timing is critical because it was made clear that Verlander would not negotiate a new contract while the season was going on.
A report came out this off-season that Verlander would be interested in experiencing free agency after the 2014 season. This deal puts a stop to all of those rumors. Justin clearly wants to be a Tiger for the rest of his playing days.
Here is a tweet Verlander’s verified Twitter account posted just as the news of the deal broke: ” 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!!!”.
What a great way for the season to start for the Detroit Tigers. He’ll no doubt get a standing ovation in his 1st start in front of the Comerica Park faithful.
Happy Friday, Detroit..and as always…. GO TIGERS!!