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Goochland's Verlander signs biggest pitching contract in MLB history

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Goochland native Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a contract extension through the 2019 season, with a vested option for 2020. The deal makes Verlander the highest paid pitcher in baseball history.

Verlander will receiver $20 million in each of the next two seasons, and make $28 million annually from 2015-2019.  That's a total of $180 million over the course of seven years, eclipsing Felix Hernandez's deal with Seattle of seven years, $175 million that was signed last month.

If Verlander finishes in the top five in Cy Young Award voting in 2019, the 2020 option becomes guaranteed, an option worth $22 million dollars, pushing the total amount of the deal to $202 million.

Verlander won both the American League Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player Award in 2011, and was runner-up in Cy Young voting last season.  He was 2006 AL Rookie of the Year and has been to two World Series.

The Goochland product will start Monday when the Tigers face the Twins on Opening Day.

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