go to MSN.com
Found February 13, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Justin Verlander is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season if the Detroit Tigers do not sign him to an extension before then. Earlier this week, the Seattle Mariners signed ace Felix Hernandez to a seven-year, $175 million deal. Hernandez is only 26 and already one of the best pitchers in the game, so the deal can be considered somewhat of a hometown discount for the Mariners. What does it mean for Verlander?

Verlander won the American League Cy Young and MVP awards in 2011. He has led the AL in strikeouts in three of the past four seasons and has been incredibly durable, pitching more than 200 innings in every season since 2007. The right-hander will be 31 in 2014, and speculation has already begun that he could be the first pitcher ever to ink a $200 million contract. On Tuesday, John Paul Morosi of FOX Sports asked Verlander if he is curious about the open market.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I think that’d be a blast. If I have two more years like I just had, it would be pretty interesting. You know how competitive I am. It’s kind of fun thinking about having teams battle for you.”

That’s easy for Verlander to say at the moment, since the Tigers have not opened any type of discussion about a potential extension. However, he did add that he would love to stay in Detroit if the team had him in their long-term plans.

“If they were to start talking about an extension and say, ‘We only have a two-year window to win a World Series,’ that’s not exactly what I want to hear — and I don’t think that’s the case whatsoever,” he said. “You look at Mr. Ilitch. He’s been — in my opinion — the best owner in baseball. A year ago he signed a guy [Fielder] to a 9-year, $200-million-something dollar deal. That shows you it’s not just a ‘window’ plan. It’s a ‘future’ plan.

“If they did want to extend (my contract), obviously that would take quite a commitment on their part. That shows a sign, too, that they’re planning for the future.”

No matter how loyal a player is to his team, the concept of teams fighting it out for the right to spend $200 million on you is fun to think about. The Tigers are one of a handful of teams who can afford someone like Verlander. If they’re wise, they won’t let him hit the open market.

THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Verlander: Tigers should win AL Central

LAKELAND, Fla. Two bulletins from the Detroit Tigers spring camp Tuesday morning, neither a shock: Manager Jim Leyland announced ace Justin Verlander will pitch Opening Day, and Verlander said he expects his team to win a third straight American League Central title.The divisions gotten better, Verlander said. The Royals and the Indians both got better. I think, in my opinion, we...

Justin Verlander Out of World Baseball Classic

Justin Verlander kept the door open for an appearance in the upcoming 2013 World Baseball Classic. But on Monday, about 24 hours before the Detroit Tigers’ pitchers and catchers were to report for spring training, Verlander put that notion to bed. Justin Verlander told the media this morning in Lakeland he will not participate in the WBC. #tigers — Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers...

Justin Verlander to Start on Opening Day Against Minnesota Twins

Surprise! Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day this season, according to Jim Leyland — Verlander’s sixth consecutive Opening Day start for the Detroit Tigers. FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi first reported the news. The Tigers kick off the 2013 schedule on April 1 at Minnesota. Their home opener comes four days later, April 5, against the New York Yankees. With Verlander likely...

Kate Upton Says She’s Single No Longer Dating Justin Verlander

[Show as slideshow] ...

Did Kate Upton and Justin Verlander break up?

Kate Upton was interviewed by FOX 2′s Jason Carr Thursday morning promoting the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and naturally was asked about her relationship with Tigers ace Justin Verlander.  Specifically, Carr asked Upton about the supposed couple’s New Year’s getaway on the island of St. Thomas. As you’ll see in the video, Upton went stone-faced and said: “Actually...

Upton denies relationship with Verlander

If you thought a Valentine's Day television interview was the perfect setting to announce a romantic celebrity relationship, you thought wrong. Buxom blond supermodel Kate Upton wasn't divulging anything. In fact, Upton touting her latest cover appearance on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue told a FOX 2 reporter in Detroit that she's "single" when questioned...

Kate Upton Shoots Down Rumors She’s Dating Justin Verlander: Video

Rumors about a relationship between Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model Kate Upton have swirled since Upton was spotted in a Comerica Park suite last summer. The two parties have repeatedly denied that they’re together, though, and Upton again toed the line Thursday, during an interview with FOX 2′s Jason Carr. Upton, seated...

Justin Verlander is very pleased with King Felix’s new contract

With news breaking this week that Felix Hernandez has re-upped with the Mariners for 7 years and 175 million dollars, Justin Verlander may be the happiest man in America. On top of dating Kate Upton, he’s now due for a HUGE (yes, all caps) payday. Verlander’s current deal ends after the 2014 season, when he’ll be 31 years old. Will the Tigers get him to sign an extension? Does...

How Will Felix Hernandez’s Extension Affect Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander?

Finalizing his record extension with the Mariners hit a bit of a snag, but Seattle and Felix Hernandez have made their new pact official, guaranteeing King Felix $175 million over the next seven seasons in the Pacific Northwest. It seems risky to lock up so much money to a starting pitcher, but it’s clear that Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik wants to make his ace the centerpiece of...

Kate Upton is single; no longer dating Justin Verlander

Kate Upton Justin Verlander? Upton denies it (video)

Here’s what you call a very strong denial. The Kate Upton Justin Verlander thing? Not happening according to the back to back SI swimsuit issue cover girl and hottest woman alive. Watch the clip below after the jump. Maybe the Kate Upton Justin Verland thing is still on? And this is just a vehement denial? Either way it’s a funny clip and you have to give the journalists points...

ATTENTION! Kate Upton is single

It seems the Justin Verlander will be keep all that money to himself when he signs his next free agent deal, as news has trickled out that him and the beautiful Kate Upton are no longer seeing one another. Upton made the revelation known to everyone watching a local Detroit new station earlier on Thursday, when she announced that she was single for Valentine’s Day. Poor thing....
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rams release Michael Sam

In what has to be considered surprising move, the St. Louis Rams have released rookie seventh-round pick Michael Sam. The Missouri product made news by publicly announcing that he was gay leading up to the NFL draft this past May.  No history yet…Rams released DE Michael Sam. Prime practice-squad candidate. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2014 The talented sack artist...
Via Sportsnaut
40 minutes ago

Report: Bon Jovi pushed out of group bidding for Bills

It sounds as if Jon Bon Jovi got a little taste of the Richie Sambora treatment himself this week after the wealthy rocker was tossed out a group bidding for the Buffalo Bills.The deep-pocketed Toronto-based sports team owners — who put up an offer for the Buffalo Bills — and the New Jersey singer have parted ways,  reported The N.Y. Post.The remaining entities in the group...
Via The Other Paper
6 hours ago

Stephen Hill's agent blames Sanchez, Tebow, Geno Smith

Stephen Hill’s agent Alan Herman told Jim Corbett of USA TODAY Sports that the Jets didn’t give his client enough time to develop. “I’m disappointed in Idzik and Rex with the way the whole thing went down there,” Hill’s agent, Alan Herman, told USA TODAY Sports. “Two years in that kind of situation is disheartening. “He didn’t have a chance that first year with...
Via Pro Football Zone
3 hours ago

Report: OJ Simpson converting to Islam in prison

The Juice who probably won’t get out of jail until 2017, is dabbling in Islam, but there is one one small problem. He can’t put the snacks down according to Radar Online. Simpson, 67, became interested in the religion through fellow inmates and was even put in touch with former pro boxer Mike Tyson, who is devout Muslim. “O.J. didn’t quite make it through the entire fasting...
Via BlackSportsOnline
6 hours ago

Report: Beckham injured on motorcycle avoiding paparazzi

David Beckham wasn’t his usual suave and debonair self when he lost control of his motorcycle in the middle of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. According to TMZ, Beckham was leaving the Shamrock Tattoo Parlour and was attempting to ditch the paparazzi when the accident occurred. Don’t worry ladies, Beckham’s face luckily didn’t get a scratch on it. He had his buddies from...
Via BlackSportsOnline
6 hours ago

James Harrison announces he is retiring from NFL

Former Steelers and Bengals OLB James Harrison announced his retirement from the NFL Saturday. Post by James Harrison. Harrison, 36, was deemed expendable by Cincinnati after playing the first year of a two-year deal, registering 31 tackles, two sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery over the course of 15 games. Harrison graded out as the No. 9 outside linebacker in...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
5 hours ago

Bills sign Kyle Orton

James Walker of ESPN reports that the Bills have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran QB Kyle Orton. Adam Caplan reported earlier in the day that a name to keep an eye on in regards to the Bills search for a backup quarterback is Orton, so this isn’t a complete surprise. Buffalo parted ways with Jordan Palmer Friday, despite signing him to a contract just a few days...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
18 hours ago

Homeless Little Leaguer gets rent paid thanks to donation

A sad story about one of the Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers took a happy turn thanks to the generous act of one business owner. Jackie Robinson West Little League, which represented the Great Lakes region at the Little League World Series, won the US championship before losing to eventual world champion South Korea. One […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 hours ago

Two Broncos players hospitalized overnight in Dallas

Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman and cornerback Kayvon Webster did not travel with their team back to Denver from Dallas following their preseason finale on Thursday evening.  Both players were hospitalized overnight after coming up with uknown illnesses. Neither played in Denver’s 27-3 win over Dallas (via the Denver Post). Hillman, a third-year running back from San...
Via Sportsnaut
17 hours ago

Seahawks release Terrelle Pryor

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Seahawks are cutting QB Terrelle Pryor as they work to get down to 53 players. Florio mentions that the Rams could be a team to watch in regards to Pryor as they could use some more depth at quarterback. Seattle acquired Pryor from the Raiders in return for a seventh-round selection back in April. Pryor, 24, has one year...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
19 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.