The Detroit Tigers just recently invested long term with Ace Justin Verlander, negotiating and finalizing his $80 million five-year contract earlier this afternoon. Last season Verlander proved himself as one of the league’s premier pitchers, racking up a total of 269 strikeouts in 240 innings with a 3.45 ERA.
Detroit ended their 2009 campaign with a 6-5 loss in 12 innings to the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central tie-breaker. This marked the only time in MLB history where a team lost a three game lead with four games to go in the regular season. Verlander is confident his team will be able to make the proper adjustments to further succeed in 2010.
“I want to win. That’s first and foremost,” he said. “I feel like this organization wants to win, and they’re going to put this team in a position year in and year out. That’s all I can ask for, to be part of a team that goes out there and has a chance to win our division and play in the playoffs. That was a major consideration for me.” The Tigers are scheduled to begin their new conquest in Kansas City against the Royals for three games from April 5th-8th. Detroit Tigers tickets are now available!