Justin Verlander is off playing golf in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am today, but he received some good news in regard to his future while on the course.

Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners have just set the contract bar. A bar Verlander is almost guaranteed to leap over by a considerable amount.

We wrote in November that now would be a good time for the Tigers to extend the ace's contract. In January, both Verlander and general manager Dave Dombrowski agreed that they'd like to get a deal done to keep Verlander in the Old English D for his entire career.