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King Felix to Reap a Princely Reward

Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander had just finished signing his scorecard Thursday at Pebble Beach when he heard the stunning news.

Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners agreed on a seven-year, $175 million contract, the richest deal for a pitcher, according to a person familiar with the contract but unauthorized to speak publicly until the deal was finalized.

"Holy cow!" Verlander told USA TODAY Sports. "I didn't know that. You miss a lot being out on the golf course."

And just like that, while playing as an amateur in the AT&T National Pro-Am, Verlander, the 2011 American League Cy Young winner, got a whole lot richer.

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