Tigers sign Verlander through 2019, option for 2020
Justin Verlander casually mentioned in January how cool it would be to spend his entire career in a Tiger uniform. He just took one big step towards doing that.
The Tigers, meanwhile, took care of their biggest contract question for the rest of the decade. With a five-year contract extension, they kept Verlander in a Detroit uniform through at least 2019, with a vesting option for 2020.
Terms of the contract were not released. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Verlander will make $28 million each season from 2015-2019, the years of the extension. The vesting option for 2020 is reportedly worth $22 million.
Verlander has two years left on the five-year, $79.5 million contract he signed after the 2009 season. He’ll make $20 million in each of those seasons.
Add those two seasons with the reported terms of the extension, including the option, and Verlander would be baseball’s first $200 million pitcher.
Though Verlander brushed off any sense of urgency about getting an extension done this spring, he made it clear last week that he didn’t want to negotiate during the season. With next season being his contract year, he would’ve been close enough to free agency that he might have been tempted to test the open market.
The extension obviously takes that out of the question. It also puts Verlander at the top of game on the field and off.