Justin Verlander signed a five year major league contract with the Tigers on Friday. After what appeared to be some hardball negotiations, the two side finally got the deal done. Because of the major league contract, I think Verlander’s time table will be sped up a little. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him playing for the big league squad as early as mid-2007.
Chris Shelton is tearing up the Arizona Fall League. After two weeks of play, Shelton is posting .439/.478/.902, and also was co-player of the week. If he can pan out, he’ll join Wil Ledezma as two guys with a ton of potential that were acquired via the Rule 5 draft.
Curtis Granderson is also playing well, hitting .370/.455/.444. You have to love that On Base Percentage.