Not sure I follow this logic. Why is Verlander’s contract “extreme?” There are several batters who have bigger contacts. It is an unusual year when the best pitcher has more value than the best hitter, measured by Wins Above Replacement, which by definition takes into account how hard it is to develop players above replacement value.
In fact, the more I think of it, the less logic there is to your argument.
An argument that makes more sense to me is that more pitchers are lost to injury, so you have to draft more of them to account for the attrition.
11 Walks and 3 Hit Batsmen.
Zac Grotz handed out 6 (4 Walks and 2 Hit Batsmen) in only 2 Innings Pitched.
That was Ugly: Mariners Lose 3rd Straight, as Pitchers get Pounded
(By Ryan Divish)