Even that's a stretch. The guy hasn't been any good since 2010, and 3 of his last 4 years have been complete wastes of time. Thankfully this experience is about to end.
102 million for him. 50 career wins with an ERA+ of 104. The vast majority of his value was acquired in his first two years, since then he's been a net negative.
Just an awful, awful return on investment.
I wouldn't go that far. He did play a valuable role as a mid-to-back of rotation starter in 2007 and 2008, roles which contributed to a World Series title and an appearance in the ALCS. I'd rather have the World Series title than the payroll efficiency title.
In any event, it's time to end this marriage, even if it does mean we're going to lose Justin Verlander for 4 randomly spaced starts.