Justin Verlander, Tigers agree to record contract

(WXYZ) - It started with a tweet at 12:30 p.m.

"Today is going to be a great day. Big news coming!" Justin Verlander posted to his Twitter account.

The Tigers ace sent baseball fans in Detroit into a frenzy. The player long considered the best pitcher in baseball was about to sign a contract extension to stay in Detroit.


15 minutes later, it was history. Verlander and the Tigers agreed to a new seven year contract Friday, keeping the former MVP and Cy Young winner in Detroit for the foreseeable future.

"I love this city & the fans - couldn't be more excited to spend my career here! We're going to bring a World Series to Detroit!!!" Verlander tweeted.

ESPN's Buster Olney reports the contract will pay Verlander $182 million through 2019, with a $22 million option for 2020. The deal would make Verlander the first $200 million pitcher in the game.

Verlander will be paid $20 million for each of the next two seasons, then $28 million annually 2015-2019, Olney reports. That leads to the option for $22 million.

The Tigers pitcher said he did not want to negotiate a new contract during the season, and reports suggested he gave the team a deadline before his last spring start.

Verlander's deal that had been in place was set to expire after next season. Now, all of that is in the past and Detroit's best pitcher is locked up in the Old English D.

Verlander won the American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards in 2011, and came just short of winning his second consecutive Cy Young honor last season. In eight seasons with Detroit, the right-hander has compiled a 124-65 record with a 3.40 ERA.

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli.

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