Early Report Card Grades for Top MLB Aces' Massive Contract Extensions

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Early Report Card Grades for Top MLB Aces' Massive Contract Extensions
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Justin Verlander is just two years removed from winning the American League Cy Young Award and MVP in 2011, but you wouldn't think he was the first pitcher in 19 years to win the MVP if you just saw him on the mound these days.

Verlander is in the midst of his worst season since he was 25, coming on the heels of signing a five-year extension that has him earning $180 million over the next seven years.

By his standards, Verlander has struggled ever since he got paid, going 8-5 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. It's cases like this that should make the Los Angeles Dodgers wary of signing Clayton Kershaw to a rumored extension worth even more than Verlander's, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Verlander isn't the only pitcher to struggle after inking a massive deal, but sometimes the investment pays off. Let's take a look at the biggest contracts for MLB pitchers and whether they have worked out so far. 

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