|Posted by Ark_Razor on November 5, 2017 at 11:30 PM|
Things are obviously going pretty well for Verlander right now. World Series win, marriage to a woman who isn't exactly dog meat in the looks department.
But here's why it's hats off to him.
When he agreed to the Houston trade, he had 3 x 28 mil left on his contract with a 4th year vesting option at 22 mil if he finished in the top 5 in Cy Young voting in 2019.
With the trade coming near the end of the season, Houston was on the hook for roughly 5.5 mil of the 28 in 2017, plus 2018 and 2019 at 28 mil each. Then there is the 22 mil vesting option.
DET paid Houston 1.35 this year and will pay 8.0 in each of the next 2 yrs. Houston liability in this is 4.2 + 20 + 20 or 44.2.
The real deal is this though: JV keeps his full NTC but gave up the 2020 vesting option. Might not be worth much, but it becomes a full club option now. Potential money left on the table by JV for the trade. Yea, you could argue that if he finished in the Top 5, he would get 22 mil as a UFA, but he would be 37.
Shows me he had to believe in the trade and that he wanted to contend.
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