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08:14 AM ET 02.12 | For some, contract negotiations during the season offer little more than an unnecessary distraction. Justin Verlander, who has two years left on his contract with the Detroit Tigers, said [Monday] he hasn't decided whether he will have such a policy for the coming season. Speculation has begun on if and when the Tigers will try to sign him to an extension and not even let him get close to free agency after the 2014 season. Verlander again made clear today that he wants to remain with the Tigers. "I love Detroit," he said. "I feel like I'm a kindred part of that town. I grew up in front of these fans and earned my way into their hearts." Verlander broke into the majors with the Tigers in 2005.

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February 12, 2013  08:53 AM ET

God Bless Kate Upton.

February 12, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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God Bless Kate Upton.

I believe he already has.

February 12, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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I believe he already has.

Yes, doubly so.

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February 12, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Yes he'll sign an extension. And then promptly send a thank you card to Felix Hernandez.

February 12, 2013  09:38 AM ET

He will be 30 years old next week. 32 when his present contract is up. You bet he would negotiate a new contract now. Does anybody really think the Tigers or anybody else would give him a seven year $175 million deal two years from now like the Felix signing?

February 12, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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He will be 30 years old next week. 32 when his present contract is up. You bet he would negotiate a new contract now. Does anybody really think the Tigers or anybody else would give him a seven year $175 million deal two years from now like the Felix signing?

I'm sure Verlander has no idea that Felix just got a new deal.

February 12, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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I'm sure Verlander has no idea that Felix just got a new deal.

The Tigers would be stuuupppid to extend him now. stuuupppid!

February 12, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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Translation - "Shell out the cash and I'll keep playing in this decaying Rust Belt hellhole."

Some of the nicest suburbs in the nation are in metro Detroit, Bloomfield and Birmingham. The Great Lakes offer some amazing boating and fishing within a few hours too.

February 12, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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The Tigers would be stuuupppid to extend him now. stuuupppid!

Rather than sign him to a 7 year deal when his contract expires in 2014, they may just extend his current deal 5 years meaning he'd be 37 when the deal ends. I'm not sure I'd do that for any pitcher, but if one pitcher is worthy it would probably be him because he's incredibly durable. I don't think he's ever had a stint on the DL, he's a classic power pitcher like Nolan Ryan with great size 6'5" and 225 lbs, most scouts think his delivery and mechanics are great (not high effort and/or violent). 30+ starts in each of his first 7 seasons.

He seems to be a throw back, work horse starter.

February 12, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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He will be 30 years old next week. 32 when his present contract is up. You bet he would negotiate a new contract now. Does anybody really think the Tigers or anybody else would give him a seven year $175 million deal two years from now like the Felix signing?

I don't think the figures will be exactly the same, but I think Verlander's leverage in negotiations sky-rocketed because of Hernandez' deal.

February 12, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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Rather than sign him to a 7 year deal when his contract expires in 2014, they may just extend his current deal 5 years meaning he'd be 37 when the deal ends. I'm not sure I'd do that for any pitcher, but if one pitcher is worthy it would probably be him because he's incredibly durable. I don't think he's ever had a stint on the DL, he's a classic power pitcher like Nolan Ryan with great size 6'5" and 225 lbs, most scouts think his delivery and mechanics are great (not high effort and/or violent). 30+ starts in each of his first 7 seasons. He seems to be a throw back, work horse starter.

Agree - Roy Halladay was the same way, but broke down really quickly.

February 12, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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Some of the nicest suburbs in the nation are in metro Detroit, Bloomfield and Birmingham. The Great Lakes offer some amazing boating and fishing within a few hours too.

I prefer New Buffalo, but to each his own

February 12, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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Agree - Roy Halladay was the same way, but broke down really quickly.

So you think Roy's done, eh?

February 12, 2013  12:56 PM ET
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So you think Roy's done, eh?

He's definitely not the dominate pitcher he was in Toronto. And his division is a whole lot tougher than it was a few years ago.

February 12, 2013  12:59 PM ET
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Yes he'll sign an extension. And then promptly send a thank you card to Felix Hernandez.

the indians has signed bourn to a 4 years 48 millions deal,, i think this is a fair deal, the indians would likely surrender the first draft pick in june, plus they have to give some cash considerations to the braves or the league??whoever comes first!!!

February 12, 2013  01:01 PM ET
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God Bless Kate Upton.

verlander has some sweet taste in his mouth, just to think about the biggest contract that its cooking in detroit organization though,,,

February 12, 2013  01:03 PM ET

the tribe has signed jason jiambi and dauzaka to a minor league contracts,,should thinks get tougher for the other teams in the central division??the tigers and royals are about to be tested in the 2013 season by the indians,,,

 
February 12, 2013  01:42 PM ET
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the tribe has signed jason jiambi and dauzaka to a minor league contracts,,should thinks get tougher for the other teams in the central division??the tigers and royals are about to be tested in the 2013 season by the indians,,,

I don't see either Giambi or Dice-K making it back to the majors. You never know, of course, injuries are hard to predict. Dice-K was simply awful last year. I think his ERA was 8.71. Hate watching him pitch too, its like a recurring nightmare.

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