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Justin Verlander is now the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
For the last several seasons, Justin Verlander has been arguably the most dominating pitcher in baseball.
Now he’s going to be paid like it.
The 30-year old Tigers right hander agreed to a 7-year, $180-million contract just before the start of the season. The deal includes an option for an 8th year that could vault the value of the contract to over $200 million. The option would kick in if Verlander finished in the top five in Cy Young voting in 2019.
No reason to think he couldn’t.
Verlander sports a career mark of 124-65 (his winning percentage of .656 is third among active pitchers and 22nd all-time). He won the Cy Young Award in 2011 as well as pitching’s triple crown, leading the American League in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250 in 251 innings). Last season he went 17-8 with an ERA of 2.64, and again led the league in strikeouts, fanning 239 in 238.1 innings.
During his eight-year career, Verlander has been the AL Rookie of the Year, finished in the top five in Cy Young voting four times and has been an all-star five times. At one time or another, he has led the league in wins, winning percentage, ERA, ERA+, strikeouts, WHIP, innings pitched, hits per nine innings, strikeouts per nine innings and batters faced.
And there appears to be a lot of pitches left in that valuable right arm. Verlander is known for getting stronger as the game progresses, often hitting in the high 90s, and on occasion over 100 mph, in the latter stages of a game.
The deal makes Verlander the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, eclipsing the 7-year, $175-million extension the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez signed in February.
“I think the opportunity to stay in Detroit and earn 200 million dollars is great,” Verlander said, stating the obvious. What’s not great about earning $200 million? The irony is that he will make more than every other citizen combined in one of the nation’s most depressed cities.
Verlander is a master at taking away opportunities from the opposition. And Tigers’ attendance has cleared 3 million in three of the last six seasons. But how truly great would he be if he took a percentage of that $200 million and gave back to the city of Detroit?
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