Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/29/13
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Felix Hernandez wasn't the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history for very long. Justin Verlander signed a five-year contract extension with the Detroit Tigers Friday that will give him that distinction. Verlander's new deal includes a $28 million annual salary beginning with the 2015 season, multiple sources confirmed to FOXSports.com. On top of his preexisting deal -- which pays him $20 million in each of the next two seasons -- Verlander is due $180 million over the next seven years. That's $5 million more than what Hernandez will earn during the same span. Including his prior contract, Hernandez agreed to a seven-year, $175 million deal with the Seattle Mariners last month. Verlander, one year removed from winning the American League MVP and Cy Young awards, will be 36 when the guaranteed portion of the contract ends at the conclusion of the 2019 season. Verlander's contract also includes an option for the 2020 season worth $22 million that will vest automatically if he h...
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