Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/29/13
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After leading their teams to last year's World Series, Justin Verlander and Buster Posey cashed in just hours apart Friday. The All-Star pitcher and MVP catcher were guaranteed nearly $350 million in contracts by the Tigers and Giants, a sure sign of the baseball times: Teams are awash with revenue from television and high-priced tickets. Verlander, an AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner for Detroit, agreed to a $180 million, seven-year deal with the Tigers that is the richest for a pitcher and prevents him from becoming a free agent after the 2014 season. Posey, the batting champion who led San Francisco to a pair of World Series titles in the last three years, received $167 million, nine-year deal from the Giants. The catcher could not have gone on the market until after the 2016 season. ''Contracts like that that you're seeing are a product of really strong revenue growth in the industry,'' said Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of economics and leagu...
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