The negotiations between the Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez and the seven year, $175 million deal which resulted (which is yet to be finalized due to concerns over King Felix's elbow) has greatly magnified the contract status of the Tigers' Justin Verlander.

Despite two years remaining on the five year, $80 million deal Verlander signed in 2010 (he will make $40 million in 2013-14), there has been word the Tigers want to initiate extension talks with their ace. Verlander broached the subject of an extension today in Lakeland, saying what everyone in the organization and fan base wanted to hear. He wants to remain a Tiger.

"My agent knows where I stand,'' Verlander said. "He knows I love Detroit. I feel like I'm a kindred part of that town. I grew up in front of these fans, and earned my way into their hearts, and it doesn't very often anymore where a guy sticks with one team his whole career. It just doesn't happen. You don't get that kind of loyalty from either side.''