AP source: Tigers & Verlander agree to $80M deal

A person familiar with the negations says the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander have agreed to an $80 million, five-year contract. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal had not been announced. Verlander won a career-high 19 games with a career-best 3.45 ERA last season. He is 65-43 with a 3.92 ERA in four full seasons with the Tigers. The sides agreed to avoid arbitration. When figures were exchanged last month, Verlander asked for $9.5 million for next season and the team offered $6.9 million. Verlander ended up securing a more lucrative contract than Felix Hernandez. The Seattle Mariners gave Hernandez a $78 million, five-year deal. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)