The Associated Press has told ESPN that Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has received a five-year/$80 million extension from the club, making him one of the highest paid pitchers in baseball.
-Verlander, who rebounded from a sub-par 2008 season, torched batters for 269 strikeouts last year on his way to a 19-win campaign. He only dropped nine games along the way, adding three complete games to his resume.
-The 26-year old pitcher has been impressive in his first few seasons, sporting double-digit wins consistently since he joined the 25-man roster back in 2006.
-Detroit was heartbroken last season after being eliminated in an extra-innings thriller in the 163rd game of the season against the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central crown. The deal will solidify assurance for years to come.
-Verlander stays put in a rotation that includes rising star Rick Porcello, Jeremy Bonderman, Max Scherzer, Nate Robertson, and Armando Galarraga.
We will do our best to confirm the report, but it appears to be a done deal.