Still no Verlander deal
A number of you have asked about Verlander talks and what’s going on there. Still no deal, obviously, but Dave Dombrowski sounded optimistic they could still get a deal done before the hearing later this month.
“We’re really still hopeful that we can get a deal negotiated and not go to arbitration,” Dombrowski said Monday afternoon.
The two sides are still talking, which is a positive sign, but that means little unless they can eventually get a deal done. And the fact remains that this is the latest I can remember the Tigers going with an arbitration case since Dombrowski took over before the 2002 season.
The hearing is set for Feb. 13, according to the Detroit Free Press. When the two sides exchanged figures a couple weeks ago, the Tigers asked for a $3.2 million salary, while Verlander’s side asked for $4.15 million. The thing to keep in mind here, and the thing that usually spurs a deal, is the chance to compromise somewhere in the middle. An arbitrator can’t do that; he has to choose one of the figures submitted.
Will it affect the relationship between Verlander and the team? I doubt it. Remember, Verlander’s father Richard is a union negotiator, so Verlander has a good general knowledge of the process. Also remember that negotiations were tough to get Verlander signed after the draft, with the Tigers backing away before Verlander’s father stepped in.