Just before Spring Training started, Justin Verlander talked about how much fun it would be to test free agency. He talked about the huge contract they awarded Felix Hernandez in Seattle and you could tell Verlander was willing to test the waters.

The Detroit Tigers weren’t going to take a chance of losing their ace. They paid him today and they made him the highest paid pitcher in the history of the game. Verlander will make 28 million dollars a year to stay in Detroit and pitch.

The Tigers released details of the deal and they reported that Verlander will make $28 million each season from 2015-19. That puts him over the top and it probably assured the Tigers that Verlander will spend the rest of his Major League Baseball Career in a Tigers uniform.

You may recall last January, when Verlander said it would be cool to play for only one team in his career. Not only is it cool, it is very lucrative too.  Lets hope with the huge contract extension Verlander got today, he pitches great during the 2013 season.

Verlander has two years remaining on the five-year, $79.5 million contract he signed after the 2009 season, you can see the Tigers had plenty of time to get things done before Verlander would become a free agent.

The team must have felt like they need to give him an extra incentive before the start of the 2013 season. We shall see soon if they did the right thing….

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