Justin Verlander Locked Up with Detroit Tigers

Blake VandeBunteContributor IFebruary 8, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 24:  Pitcher Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers sets to throw a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 24, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Justin Verlander will be a Tiger for the next five years...or will he? Verlander signed a five-year deal worth $80M last week. This was a big step forward for the club after shipping Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson out of town. It shows that the club is trying to win, if not now, later.

However, I got a text from my friend Kenny after the signing where Kenny asked what I though of Verlander's 3.5 year contract. Kenny is of course implying that Verlander will be traded with a year and a half left on his new deal. In 3.5 years, Verlander should really be in his prime and the Tigers could be in a Toronto Blue Jays situation like they had with Roy Halladay.

I hope Verlander sticks around, but you have to imagine that the Tigers will need to be contenders for him to play out the full length of the deal. If they struggle to compete for the next three years, expect to hear plenty of rumors about Verlander being shopped.