Quotes on Justin Verlander contract extension

Tigers president/GM Dave Dombrowski on the timeline of negotiations:

“Really moreso when we started coming down here did we start engaging in some further conversations. It started to pick up really over the last 10 days to two weeks — some high spots, some tough spots. These things are never easy to get done. A lot of give and take on both sides to make it happen, and I think the commitment was from Justin that he wanted to stay with the Tigers organization and we wanted to keep him a Tiger.”

Verlander on using the end of Spring Training as a deadline for negotiations:

“I didn’t want talks to drag really anywhere close to the start of the season. This thing was pretty much wrapped up right after my last start [Wednesday], which was what I wanted. I didn’t want anything to be weighing on my mind close to the start of the season. This last week, my preparation and everything, I didn’t want anything to take away from that. My last start was pretty much the deadline for me.”

Verlander on the lure of potentially becoming baseball’s first $200 million pitcher:

“It’s obviously very intriguing. The fact is, I have a chance to get to the $200 million contract. I just have to earn it. I have no problem with that. The opportunity to stay in Detroit and earn $200 million is great. Obviously, it’d be nice if it was guaranteed, but I’ve got to go out there and earn it on the baseball field. That’s how I got this current contract and that’s how I plan to continue the rest of my career.”

Verlander on getting baseball’s richest-ever contract for a pitcher:

“Yeah, of course it does. Obviously it’s a pretty special feeling. It’s nice, because I’ve worked extremely hard for this. It’s not like I just go out there every fifth day and just throw my hat out there. A lot of hard work has gone into this since I was five years old. Obviously it wasn’t hard work when I was five.”

Dombrowski on the risk to signing pitchers in their 30s to long-term deals:

We all know that there’s a risk with pitchers, but I think that from a pitcher’s perspective and a club’s perspective, what you try to do is minimize those risks as much as you possibly can. I think in Justin’s case, first of all pure ability [helps], but second his work ethic. You see what he does day in and day out to prepare himself. You’re talking about an unusual individual to be able to achieve what he has, the number of pitches thrown on a regular basis. I’m sure that there’s some of that that’s inherent [ability], but it’s also that he works very hard at it.”

Dombrowski on what he expects from Verlander’s pitching as he ages:

“I’m sure there are some stats that after [age] 35, certain things start to get a little more questionable. But guys that perform at a very high profile [are unique]. He not only has great physical ability, but he knows how to pitch. He has four pitches, five pitches. He knows how to pitch as that carries forward.

Verlander on his pitching as he ages:

“That’s a ways off. I’m not thinking about that. And I’ve seen guys in the past, obviously it’s been few, guys that maintain their velocity into their 40s. So why not me?”

More from Dombrowski on the risks:

“And to me, there’s also an important part. I know this for sure: He’s not content now. He’s in very good hands financially, but he’s not content. He wants to be a world champion, and I think there’s also a lot to be said that I think he wants to be a Hall of Famer. And that’s great, because as he becomes a Hall of Famer, it helps all of us. He’s very team-oriented. He wants to win. But that’s a great goal to have.

Verlander on the lure of free agency:

“Absolutely, I think it’s only natural to wonder what free agency is like. But the pull from wanting to be in Detroit far outweighed that. Obviously once we started contract talks, I wanted to stay in Detroit, and I wasn’t shy about saying that. I think it all worked out.”

Verlander on his first big purchase with his new contract:

“First big thing is my start on Monday. No, nothing too special. You might see a new car in the parking lot.”


Its not like he couldnt buy a new car if he wanted to anyway. Lol. Congrats justin. Great sign detroit. Im ecstatic at the thought of verlander being a tiger for life. Ill be right here watching the whole time. Go tigers.

To be honest, I thought he already was driving a new car this spring.

Verlander has a few very nice cars. I personally love the 458 italia ferrari which he owns.

I think, under the circumstances, both sides were very well behaved and diplomatic. While JV said all the right things, it would be refreshing to hear a modern day mercenary just say something like ” 100 mil? 200 mil? When it gets to that point what does it really matter? I’m living a dream and being paid to do it. Thank you all”

The Tigers had to do this, and good for JV. Now he need a couple of WS rings with the Tigers, and he’ll probably have his number retired and a statue at Comerica one day.

And again, agreed. A manager like Joe Maddon would jump all over this opportunity and do it. A lesser advantage is Victor would have more opportunities to trot home after getting on base in front of Prince.
As a strategy, it’s simple but effective.

JL won’t do it! Guaranteed. There is a great deal of logic in it and Victor helped Miggy in ’11 immensely.
Prince batting 5th against southpaws might mean moving JP up to bat 6th and that combination would need to work.

I can see Jim swapping Peralta between 6 and 7 depending on the pitcher. He should do the same with 4 and 5, but you’re right, he won’t. He gets fixated on the middle of the order. Unless his new tablet opens his eyes…..

Nice problem, which All Star hitter to hit where.

“Yeah, of course it does. Obviously it’s a pretty special feeling. It’s nice, because I’ve worked extremely hard for this. It’s not like I just go out there every fifth day and just throw my hat out there. A lot of hard work has gone into this since I was five years old. Obviously it wasn’t hard work when I was five.”

Are you kidding me??? Since I was 5?? I guess you have to come up with some way of justifying this ridiculous amount of money. Baseball’s headed for the cliff…
Yeah he deserves it…

I have to agree a little bit with you, but it is getting kind of scary. What I dislike most about MLB and it’s salary structure is what minor leaguers make. Peanuts. At least, they could give them a living wage. Sure, a single guy could survive on it, but it’s probably very difficult if you have a family to support.

Kathy, you mention that you’re agreeable a “little bit” with my comment. Is there anything that you don’t agree with? Just curious.
I agree somewhat on the minor league salaries. I know it first hand and at the time I didn’t think twice about it while playing. Knowing that these kinds of salaries were out there I was willing to put in the work. It isn’t unlike the corporate world for most new grads. Start at the bottom and work their way with the big difference being that not like most people that work for 20-30 years, minor leaguers probably have 5-7 yrs to get there. Everything’s accelerated.

No, I don’t disagree with it. Kids will be knocking themselves out even more when they hear about the money professional baseball players make. I have relatives that work in the corporate world and they started with a living wage, a pretty good one, in fact. Now, maybe that’s changed in the past 10 years. Virgil “Fire” Trucks signed autographed balls for free right up til he died.

I’ll be pleased if he announces that he’s naming a charity to support. …however I can’t seem to get the ridiculous 5 year old reference out of my head.
Thank you Kathy for replying…

He supports veterans big time. My feeling about Justin is that there is also a good measure of luck involved and that it could all end in a heartbeat. It happens to people all the time..they have everything going for them and for one reason or another, it just disappears. I just wish he’d buy a car from one of the automakers in Detroit. That would make fans so happy.

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