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Verlander, Tigers agree to deal through 2020

(Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander poses with Rocky, a 4-week-old Bengal tiger from the Dade City Wild Things Zoo, before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, March 29, 2013 in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has agreed to a five-year contract covering 2015-19.

The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner had been signed to a deal through 2014 that calls for him to earn $20 million in each of the next two seasons. He had set a deadline of Wednesday earlier this week for cutting off talks on a new agreement.

The deal announced Friday includes an option for 2020 that could become guaranteed.


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