MLB: Verlander, Tigers sign deal avoid arbitration

Posted Feb 5, 2010 by Michael Bearak
The Detroit Tigers and pitcher Justin Verlander avoided going to arbitration Thursday when they were able to finalize a new agreement.
Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers came to an agreement Thursday as they finalized an $80 million contract over 5 years. The agreement includes $500,000 signing bonus along with $6.75 million this season, $12.75 million for next and then $20 million for each of the following three seasons.
Verlander wa the 2006 AL Rookie of hte Year when he was tied for the most wins in the major league with 19 wins last year. He also led the majors in strikeouts with 269, with an ERA of 3.45 over 35 starts and 240 innings.
At the press conference to announce the agreement team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said, "He's one of the best pitchers in baseball and someone who can anchor our staff over the next five years."
Last month the Tigers locked up closer Jose Valverde to a two-year, $14 million deal. The Valverde and Verlander deals will only help to make fans happier this off season.
Last season Verlander made $3,675,000, and was hoping for $9.5 million for this season, the team wanted to pay him $6.9 million. Verlander is the only pitcher in baseball history to throw a no-hitter, start in a World Series game, be Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in his first two full seasons.
In Verlander's rookie season he went 17-9 with a 3.63 ERA. In his second season he went 18-6. Only Dwight Gooden in his first two seasons had more wins with 41.