Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 10/25/14
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It doesn’t matter who the player is. They all say it isn’t about the money, but it really is. Take the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander, for instance. He recently sat down with Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports to discuss the idea of him becoming the first pitcher to ink a deal worth more than $200 million. This of course came up because Verlander is set to become a free agent and Seattle’s Felix Hernandez just signed a deal for $175 million. When asked about the possibility, Verlander first deflects by saying that’s not the goal, but then quickly hints that’s exactly what he wants: “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. [...]
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