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Will Justin Verlander's contract work for the Tigers?

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08:05 PM ET 03.29 | Felix Hernandez, eat your heart out. A month or so after King Felix became the highest paid pitcher in the history of baseball, former Cy Young winner and Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has blown him and everyone else in professional sports out of the water with a historic $140 million contract that could end up paying him $202 million over the next five year, which makes him the highest paid pitcher in the history of baseball and one of the highest paid athletes in the world. As of right now, the contract is just $140 million which added with $40 million left on his current deal makes his extension worth $180 million. But the truly historic part comes in the form of contract incentives that could make Verlander's contract max out at the $202 million level, which is absolutely unheard of. As with every player that gets a gigantic contract, the question is now whether or not Verlander will be able to live up to the hype.

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March 29, 2013  10:05 PM ET

I love Verlander. He just turned 30. In his prime. That said, this 5 year extension sounds insane, especially since the Tigers had him under control for 2 more years through age 32 before the extension. I hope it works out.

March 30, 2013  03:02 AM ET

I'm glad he didn't injure his neck in the World Series watching the balls Panda hit out of the yard off of him.

March 30, 2013  06:02 AM ET

Verlander is a great pitcher. He is being paid for past performance as well as future performance. That being said he will be 37 when his contract runs out. One can only hope that it goes smoothly (see Johan Santana).

March 30, 2013  08:46 AM ET

I wanted to like this deal for the Tigers; but I'm having trouble finding consistant high performance among non-ped using pitchers after age 32. That makes me a bit nervous about the 5 year deal the Cardinals just gave Wainwright.

March 30, 2013  08:57 AM ET

This deal was expected and it says a lot about the Tiger's front office but its an awful lot of money to tie up.

March 30, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Dumb. They had him signed through the 2014 season and could have made a similar offer a year from now. If he blows up in the next two years they will wish they had.

March 30, 2013  11:01 AM ET

The guys a beast, one of the best pitchers in the game. But $28M a year over the last 5 years for a guy who only plays in 30-35 games a year is insane. Between Prince, Miggy and Justin, almost half their payroll will be eaten up by 3 players. They should look closely at the situation the Yankees are in right now, that could be them in 3-4 years.

March 30, 2013  12:13 PM ET
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The guys a beast, one of the best pitchers in the game. But $28M a year over the last 5 years for a guy who only plays in 30-35 games a year is insane. Between Prince, Miggy and Justin, almost half their payroll will be eaten up by 3 players. They should look closely at the situation the Yankees are in right now, that could be them in 3-4 years.

Or the Phillies, both in big contracts with players and the one they gave Doc..........

March 30, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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Or the Phillies, both in big contracts with players and the one they gave Doc..........

It would have definitely been Boston as well, but theY got a gift from the baseball Gods. Thank you LA.

March 30, 2013  12:17 PM ET

The Ilitch's have so much money they really do not care. Between his pizzas and her casinos Verlander money is pocket change.

 
March 30, 2013  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I love Verlander. He just turned 30. In his prime. That said, this 5 year extension sounds insane, especially since the Tigers had him under control for 2 more years through age 32 before the extension. I hope it works out.

hoping for the best expecting the worse,,lets not forget longer contracts ussually kills the starters motivations,,,,should injuries arise? should a rash of injuries arrive? and the injuries never leave the player??that's the biggest fear should be in the next 3 years or so,,,

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