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Justin Verlander wants to be first $200M pitcher

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08:36 AM ET 02.23 | In the race to become the first $200 million arm, Justin Verlander has made it clear: Much like everything else he does, he wants to win. "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. "It's not a thing where I'm like, 'Hey, I want to be the highest-paid player,' where that's the chief goal. It innately comes with my competitiveness. That's just me. That's not why I play the game. I'm good at the game because of that side of me, because I'm competitive at everything I do." Verlander said "free agency is really cool," though he made certain to note: "I don't think you have to be a free agent to get [$200 million]," an indication that his preference is to stay with the Detroit Tigers, with whom the 30-year-old has spent his entire career. "I think free agency is really cool and would be a great experience," Verlander said. "I would like to experience it, to be honest with you. But if Detroit comes along and says, 'Hey, here's an offer you can't turn down,' I'm not going to turn it down."

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February 23, 2013  08:54 AM ET

$200 million? Detroit should give him $300 million!

February 23, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Is it only baseball where they want to be paid in the future for what they've done in the past?

"Lookie what I used to do - not what I'm going to do" :-/

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February 23, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Kate's an expensive ride.

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February 23, 2013  09:08 AM ET

What are the odds of a good return on investment for these 9 figure deals to pitchers? I guess it depends on whether you ask the Yankees, the Giants, or the Mets.

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February 23, 2013  09:45 AM ET

I am guessing here his agent is not going to bring up the 0-3 World Series record with 12 earned runs given up in 16 innings. Or much else of his post season history.

February 23, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Kate's an expensive ride.

Would you even say that trash quote if it was your daughter?That statement just shows that you do not have any honor for your wife and your daughter if you even have one.

February 23, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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Would you even say that trash quote if it was your daughter?That statement just shows that you do not have any honor for your wife and your daughter if you even have one.

Shaddup already

February 23, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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$200 million? Detroit should give him $300 million!

about two for the prize of one??,,just make it 400 millions!!

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February 23, 2013  11:48 AM ET
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Probably won't mention the All-Star game either.

That too. No need for the Tigers to negotiate now, his stock can only go down in a year when you add in the list of top starters that are scheduled to become free agents in 2014.

February 23, 2013  11:51 AM ET

He is signed through the 2014 season. Period. Only Verlander wants to do a new contract now.

February 23, 2013  11:57 AM ET

Tigers can't afford to lose this guy. Offer to rip up his current deal, and resign now for 6 years @ $25 per. If Seattle can make that commitment, so can Detroit.

February 23, 2013  12:07 PM ET
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Shaddup already

A true person that has no class nor honor.I hope that you are not the type of person that beats on you wife.

February 23, 2013  12:14 PM ET
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A true person that has no class nor honor.I hope that you are not the type of person that beats on you wife.

You really need to lighten up Francis.

 
February 23, 2013  12:22 PM ET
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A true person that has no class nor honor.I hope that you are not the type of person that beats on you wife.

Nah. I'd rather bang yours.

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