The Tigers agreed to a monster new deal with Justin Verlander
Olney says that the deal also has a vesting option for $22M, which could potentially bring the overall value of the contract up to $202M.
The deal will keep Verlander locked up until he's 36 years old, and gives the Tigers a solid ace for the next few years, at least.
In 2012, Verlander finished 2nd in Cy Young voting, only a year after winning both the AL Cy Young and AL MVP awards in 2011.
Verlander led the AL in strikeouts 3 of the past 4 seasons, and won the pitching Triple Crown in 2011, after leading the AL in wins, strikeouts, and ERA.
Verlander was already scheduled to be paid $20M in both 2013 and 2014. The extension pays him $28M per year from 2015-2019, with the $22M vested option for 2020.
What do you think of this contract extension? Are the Tigers smart to extend Verlander through 2019? Or was it a bit too much money and a bit premature, since he was already signed through 2014? What's your take?