Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander agreed Friday to a $180 million, seven-year contract, topping Felix Hernandez for the richest deal for a pitcher in baseball history.“I love this city & the fans,” Verlander tweeted. “Couldn’t be more excited to spend my career here! We’re going to bring a World Series to Detroit!!!”The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner had been signed through 2014 under an $80 million, five-year contract paying him $20 million in each of the next two seasons.The new deal keeps those salaries and adds $140 million in guaranteed money: $28 million each season from 2015-19. It includes a $22 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he finishes among the top five in 2019 Cy Young voting. The deal could be worth $202 million over eight seasons.Verlander’s agreement topped the record for pitchers set when Hernandez and Seattle agreed in February to a $175 million, seven-year contract.Posey gets $167MBuster Posey is the San Francisco Giants’ new franchise man.The Giants rewarded NL MVP and batting champion with a $167 million, nine-year contract Friday, a deal that includes a club option for 2022 that could raise the value to $186 million over a decade.Posey had been due to make $8 million this year. He instead gets a $7 million signing bonus, with $5 million payable Oct. 15 and the remainder Jan. 15, and his 2013 salary is reduced to $3 million.He will make $10.5 million in 2014, $16.5 million in 2015, $20 million in 2016 and $21.4 million in each of the following five seasons. The Giants’ option is for $22 million with a $3 million buyout.Posey’s agreement includes a full no-trade clause. Is the longest for a catcher and the largest in Giants history, surpassing Matt Cain’s $127.5 million, six-year contract signed before the start of last season.In addition, the deal is a record guarantee for a player with fewer than three years of major league service time – more than doubling the $80 million, seven-year contract Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez received before the 2011 season. It also is a record guarantee for a player with fewer than four years of service time, topping the $151.45 million over 11 years Colorado’s Todd Helton was assured in March 2001.Briefly• Orioles: Baltimore completed its starting rotation by picking right-hander Jake Arrieta, a former TCU standout, to start their home opener on April 5. Arrieta joins Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman, who'll start the season on the 15-day disabled list. Tillman will be eligible to start the fifth game on April 6.• Mets: David Wright made his first appearance in a big league game since sustaining a rib injury during the World Baseball Classic, going 0 for 3 and playing five innings for New York in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. “I’ve said all along I’d be ready,” Wright said of Opening Day. “Of course, I would have liked to have gotten a few more at-bats, but I don’t have that luxury right now, so I’ll make the most out of what I can tomorrow and I’ll be ready to go. I feel pretty good considering the circumstances.” Wright was a late scratch from the United States’ game against the Dominican Republic on march 14. He received a cortisone shot in his left side a day later. He said Friday he didn’t feel any tightness or pain.The Mets needed something positive a day after learning ace Johan Santana will likely miss the season with a re-torn left shoulder capsule. • Yankees: First baseman Mark Teixeira hopes to get the protective brace on his injured right wrist removed Monday. Teixeira said his goal is to rejoin the Yankees as soon as May 1. He will start the season on the disabled list because of a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.Andy Pettitte ducked to avoid a twirling piece of broken bat during his six-inning stint, Kevin Youkilis hit his sixth homer of spring training and New York wrapped up its major league exhibition schedule by beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday.The lefty wasn’t shaken, and allowed two runs – one earned – and five hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter while throwing 81 pitches, 57 for strikes.• Diamondbacks: First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Arizona are close to agreement on a $32 million, five-year contract that would run from 2014-18, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The deal would include a $14.5 million team option for 2019 with a $2 million buyout, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized. As a rookie last year, Goldschmidt hit .286 with 43 doubles, 20 home runs and 82 RBIs. He agreed in February to a deal paying $500,000 if he is in the majors this seasonThe 25-year-old first baseman shot through the Arizona minor league system after he was drafted in the eighth round out of Texas State in 2009.• Royals: Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has made the Kansas City Royals’ Opening Day roster as a utility infielder. The 38-year-old is a six-time All-Star who last played in the major leagues in 2011 with the San Francisco Giants. He hit .239 with four homers and 26 RBIs in 322 at-bats. He spent last season with Baltimore’s Triple-A team at Norfolk, batting .259 with no home runs and 18 RBIs in 135 at-bats before his release on June 25. The 2002 AL MVP with Oakland, Tejada has a .285 career average with 304 homers and 1,282 RBIs.• Braves: Reliever Jonny Venters will have his ailing left elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews. Team officials say Venters will see the noted orthopedic surgeon Wednesday after the pitcher felt tightness in the elbow during his last spring training appearance. Venters had to come out of Tuesday’s game against Detroit and likely will start the season on the disabled list, clearing the way for the Braves to keep Cristhian Martinez and Anthony Varvaro on the 25-man roster. Both are out of minor league options.• Royals: Alex Gordon, Jeff Francoeur, Elliot Johnson and Roman Hernandez homered as Kansas City beat Cleveland 5-1 to wrap up the most successful spring training in franchise history. The Royals finished 25-7-2, the best exhibition record in the majors.• Tigers: Hours after rotation-mate Justin Verlander got the biggest contract ever given to a pitcher, Max Scherzer extended his dominant spring training with six innings of one-hit ball as Detroit beat Tampa Bay 8-3.