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Old 03-30-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Filihok: Contract Analysis: Justin Verlander

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Teams just keep signing their players to extensions.

This time Justin Verlander Summits Money Mountain.







Verlander signed a 7-year $180 million extension with the Tigers. It's more complex than that, with Verlander's current deal being over-written, a vesting option, some incentives, etc, but that's basically the deal.

Projections available on FanGraphs have Verlander throwing 229 innings with 8.8 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, a 2.96 ERA and 5.5 WAR this season.

As with all the other contracts I've looked at this off-season (Carlos Gomez, Kyle Lohse, Adam Wainwright) I'll assume a $5 million market value for 1 WAR and 5% inflation. I'll also apply a standard aging decline of .5 WAR per season after Verlander's age 31 season.
YEAR ProjWAR SALARY WAR VALUE
2013 5.5 $20 $27.5
2014 5.5 $20 $28.9
2015 5.0 $28 $27.6
2016 4.5 $28 $26
2017 4.0 $28 $24.3
2018 3.5 $28 $22.3
2019 3.0 $28 $20.1
TOTAL 31.0 $180 $176.7

Using those parameters I expect Verlander to put up about 31 WAR worth $176.7 million while being paid $180 million.

Verlander is basically being paid what he's expected to produce. The Tigers didn't get any real discount. With these types of long-term deal the team usually gets a discount because they assume the risk - the player gets paid regardless of performance.

Per the article I linked to above, anything can happen with Verlander, and nobody knows what will happen. Deals for pitchers are, generally, more risky than deals for position players. Verlander has been (one of) the best pitcher on earth over the last few seasons and there's no real reason to expect anything different over the next few seasons (Well, maybe Clayton Kershaw will change that).

Verlander is approaching Tiger icon status. I can certainly see why Detroit would want to keep him around. He's on a Hall of Fame trajectory. There's no reason to think that trajectory is going to significantly change over the next two seasons. The Tiger are also in win-now mode. They have Verlander, Cabrera and Prince Fielder in their primes. They have a some good to very good players backing them up. The Tigers should be very good for the next 3-5 seasons. Now they have the best pitcher in baseball locked up for that time frame.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Very interesting, filihok.

Will you be doing a similar breakdown for the Buster Posey contract?

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The team Friday announced an eight-year, $159 million contract extension for the 2012 National League batting champion and Most Valuable Player that assures Posey will remain a Giant through 2021, when he is 34.

Posey's new contract folds in the $8 million that he and the team already settled on for 2013, making it a nine-year, $167 million deal. It includes a $22 million option for 2022 that could make the contract worth $186 million and a full no-trade clause for the 26-year-old catcher.
http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article...on-4395322.php
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Very interesting, filihok.

Will you be doing a similar breakdown for the Buster Posey contract?


Giants, Buster Posey agree on huge extension - SFGate
I'm more looking forward to doing one for Clayton Kershaw

Interesting to note: The projections for Kershaw are 220 innings, 9.4 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 2.64 ERA and 6.0 WAR for the season. A touch better than Verlander's (the NL/AL is a factor in the raw numbers but not in the WAR calc). Plus Kershaw is 5 years younger than Verlander.

Very likely that Kershaw will sign the largest pitcher contract in history. Probably something along the lines of 8 years and $220 million. Or, since it's the Dodgers, 15 years $1 billion.

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