DETROIT -- Justin Verlander, Tiger for Life.
That has a nice ring for both Verlander and Tigers fans. And a deal to keep him in Detroit for the duration of his career could become a reality either before or after his current deal for five years at 80 million expires after the 2014 season.
I told Verlander during a media gathering at Comerica Park on Thursday that when Zack Greinke signed his six-year, 147 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in December, I thought of him and what kind of a deal might be in his future.
Then I asked if he thought he might become baseballs first 200 million pitcher?
Verlanders face lit up, he looked up and laughed.
Heh! he said. Thats a loaded question.
Verlander paused and decided to answer it any way.
You guys know how competitive I am about everything, he said. But it would be what I am comfortable with, and there have not been any discussions along those lines yet. And I dont know if there will be.
He will turn 30 on Feb. 20...