It was a good Friday, indeed.
Justin Verlander signed a contract extension through 2019 that could vest to include 2020. It will allow him to buy another Aston Martin or two or 20, a small island, his own golf course or a mansion for every member of his family.
Verlander has the richest contract ever given a pitcher and will collect either 180 million or 202 million by the time he turns 36 or 37.
Thats good for him. Verlander is, in essence, a Tiger for life.
Its also good for the foundation of the ballclub.
The first thing I thought of when the news about Verlanders deal hit was that Miguel Cabrera becomes that much easier to sign to a similar extension about one year from now. Cabreras eight-year, 153 million contract runs through 2015. He has to see this as proof of lasting commitment from the organization, and a sign of what he can expect from owner Mike Ilitch if Cabrera also wants to play for the Tigers for the rest of his career.
All of this is good for Detroit. By tha...