Why Detroit Should Make Justin Verlander Baseball's 1st $200 Million Pitcher

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Why Detroit Should Make Justin Verlander Baseball's 1st $200 Million Pitcher
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is arguably the best pitcher in baseball, which makes it imperative for the Tigers to re-sign him. I believe the only way to ensure that he stays in a Tigers uniform beyond 2014, when he is scheduled to become a free agent, is to make him baseball's first $200 million pitcher.

While Verlander still has two full seasons before he hits free agency, the sooner the Tigers sign him to an extension, the better. The speculation over his impending free agency could become an unnecessary distraction to a team that has a very good shot at winning the World Series in 2013.

Here are the top three reasons why the Tigers need to sign Verlander to the first $200 million extension for a pitcher.

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