Report: Tigers, Verlander negotiating

Pitcher Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers have begun talks on a five-year contract extension worth around $75 million, Yahoo! Sports reported on Friday.

Verlander, who is eligible for arbitration, told the Detroit News last week he wants to "take care of this season first."

A five-year deal would cover Verlander's last two years of arbitration eligibility and first three years of free-agent eligibility.

Seattle's Felix Hernandez has been compared to Verlander; Hernandez recently agreed to a five-year contract for $78 million.

Verlander, 26, was 19-9 last season and led the league with 240 innings and 269 strikeouts. He finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, in response to a call from the News, said: "No change. We hope Justin will be with us for a long time."