Justin Verlander Contract: Closer Look
The Detroit Tigers have finalized the Justin Verlander contract locking their 30-year old ace up with a five-year contract extension through 2019 with a vesting option for the 2020 season.
Verlander will make $180 million over the next seven years with a chance to make $202 million over the next eight seasons. Gulp. That is roughly $756,000 per start and $6,900 per pitch! Good lawd that’s a lot of money!!
The breakdown has Verlander set to make $20 million in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and then jump to $28 million per season through 2019. That vesting option, a cool $22 million on top.
The Justin Verlander contract is groundbreaking, but there quite a few other $100 million dollar pitchers in Major League Baseball history (see King Felix article for more on his deal):
|100+ million pitchers|
|PLAYER, TEAM||CONTRACT YEARS||AMOUNT|
|Justin Verlander, DET||2013-19||$180 million|
|Felix Hernandez, SEA||2013-19||$175 million|
|CC Sabathia, NYY||2009-15||$161 million|
|Zack Greinke, LAD||2013-18||$147 million|
|Cole Hamels, PHI||2013-18||$144 million|
|Johan Santana, NYM||2008-13||$137.5 million|
|Matt Cain, SF||2012-17||$127.5 million|
|Barry Zito, SF||2007-13||$126 million|
|Mike Hampton, COL||2001-08||$121 million|
|Cliff Lee, PHI||2011-15||$120 million|
|Kevin Brown, LA||1999-05||$105 million|
|Figures were obtained by The Associated Press|