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Report: Tigers, Verlander discussing a $75 million extension

Jan 29, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan has learned that the Tigers and Justin Verlander are negotiating around a five-year deal in the $75 million range.  The holdup at the moment, Passan reports, is that Verlander wants a 6th year guaranteed.  Presently, the team and the fireballer are poised for arbitration, where Verlander has requested $9.5 million, while the team is at $6.9 million.

Hard to figure that his deal would or should beat Felix Hernandez’s five-year, $78 million package — which is what would happen if Verlander gets his sixth year — but the Tigers have been known to go over and above what the market suggests on a given player.

And if they do give him more than King Felix, at least one writer will have their back.

  1. gumbercules - Jan 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Give it to him yesterday. He’s not as good as Felix, but then again few are. We’re talking a top 5 in the AL arm here…lock him up.

  2. K Linton - Jan 29, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    This is a franchise pitcher, I think he better then Hernandez. Give it to him!

  3. Jamie - Jan 29, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    When is Yahoo! going to drop that ridiculous exclamation point from their name? At first glance I thought you were really excited about this Verlander contract (or maybe about Jeff Passan learning something).

  4. Joe L - Jan 29, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    “Fireballer”? Nice.

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Jan 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Just wait until the games start and I whip out my “Baltimore Chops,” “Can-o-corns” and “Texas Leaguers”

  6. jim graham - Jan 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Al Kaline had to fight to earn $100,000 a year, so “Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause”, its called baseball. HoW many Pizzas does Mike Illich have to sell to cover that. As Congress says at least a “quadzillion”

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