MLB: All Star pitcher Justin Verlander signs five-year extension with Detroit Tigers
Last Updated: 29/03/13 8:22pm
Justin Verlander: Committed to Tigers until 2019
Detroit have announced that star pitcher Justin Verlander has signed a five-year extension to his contract.
The five-time All Star agreed terms on the new deal earlier this week, and the Tigers made the announcement ahead of their final home game of spring training against Tampa Bay.
Verlander had previously stated he was not willing to negotiate once the new season had started, and he duly committed to the Tigers until 2019 with an option of a further season.
Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said: "Justin is one of the premier pitchers in baseball, and we are thrilled to keep him in a Tigers uniform for many years to come.
"Justin has been a Tiger for his entire career, and he is on pace to be one of the greatest pitchers in this illustrious franchise's history."
Verlander won 17 of 25 decisions last season with an ERA of 2.64 and 239 strikeouts, leading the American League in innings pitched (238), strikeouts and complete games (six).
The 30-year-old won the American League MVP and was a unanimous choice for the AL Cy Young award in 2011, becoming only the second man after Don Newcombe to win the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards.