Reports are coming out tonight indicating that Justin Verlander and the Tigers have agreed to a 5-year, $80 million contract. As of right now (9pmish Wed) there’s no 110% official word from the team yet, but it’s up at the Mothership, which is a pretty good sign, even though they are still citing our good friend “anonymous person familiar with the negotiations”.
The 2010 numbers that had been bandied about before, when arbitration was still a possibility, were $6.9 million (on the Tigers’ end) and $9.5 million (on Verlander’s end). Now, $80 mil over 5 years averages out to $16 mil a year. There’s probably a bunch of contract back-weighting and whatnot going on here, but it still looks like the ultimate salary numbers are much closer to what Verlander wanted than what the Tigers initially offered.
Verlander will be 31 at the end of this contract, and will have thrown more pitches than anyone else in the history of the world. But just imagine how expert he will have become at goatee artistry by the time 2014 rolls around. I, for one, am looking forward to it.
eta: Oh, I suppose I should mention that I will be in Florida for the next few days (not, alas, attending the Superbowl), so if Things Happen, don’t expect reactionary posts over here until next week.