Tigers youngsters ponder what to do with $210M

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Tigers stopped at the Federal Reserve Bank on Thursday, as part of the Winter Caravan.

"Max took all the money," manager Brad Ausmus quipped.

Nah. There was still some left.

Justin Verlander posed with a 3-foot-tall safe full of hundred-dollar bills.

"Guess how much is in there," he posted on Instagram.


It was on the mind of several Tigers on Thursday, and why not? Two days earlier, former Detroit ace Max Scherzer signed his seven-year, $210 million contract with Washington.

Only two Tigers can really understand that amount of money. Verlander, who is playing on a $180 million contract, and Miguel Cabrera, whose contract is worth nearly $300 million. Cabrera isn't in Detroit for the Winter Caravan, as he's rehabbing his surgically repaired ankle. And it's not worth asking Verlander what he'd do with that much money, becuase we know: Lots of cars, and lots of luxury offseason vacations.

But what about the younger Tigers, the kids playing for less than $1 million.

What would you do with $210 million?

"I would buy 1,000 acres of hunting land and live in an RV on it so I could hunt every day in the offseason, and also take people on guided hunts," said pitcher Buck Farmer, 23, a Georgia boy. "Or open a golf course, because I'm bad at golf and want to be good at it when I get older."

Things. Most people would buy things.

One Tigers prospect gave a different answer, though. Center fielder Derek Hill, last year's top draft pick, said from home in California he'd like give back with hefty donations to St. Jude's and Make-A-Wish. He'd also give money to his brother for a creative-arts programming company.

OK, sure, he'd do something fun for himself, too.

"The first thing I would do is treat my family to a vacation because they have always stuck by my side," said Hill, 19. "And they are the reason I am who I am today."

Trips is a common answer.

Josh Zeid, 27, a Tigers relief pitcher, said that'd be on his list, too — "all over Europe: England, France, Spain, Italy." Perhaps a house by the ocean.


"Wife's student loans for sure," said Zeid, whose wife, Stephanie, is a doctor of neuropsychology. "Just close those up."

OK, Josh. But what would you do with the other $209 million?

"Touche," he said.

Forgive him, though.

Not many folks can actually comprehend $210 million, let alone put it into words.