Justin Verlander had gone on record admitting he’d like to be baseball’s first $200 million dollar man. After signing what has been reported to be a 7-year, $180 million contract that will keep the Tigers ace in Detroit through 2019, it appears he has gotten his wish.
The contract has a vesting option for 2020. Combined with the two years remaining on his current contract, this new deal could allow Verlander to pocket around $202 million total dollars.
Verlander’s contract is now the largest for a pitcher in baseball history. Felix Hernandez, who inked a 7-year $175 million deal earlier this offseason, previously held that honor.
Verlander was the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner, and is regarded by many as the top pitcher in the game today.