Originally written December 15, 2012 on MLB Injury News:
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Yesterday the Detroit Tigers re-signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez to a five-year, $80 million contract, as reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Agent Gene Mato Sanchez agrees to 5 year,$80 million deal w #Tigers — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 14, 2012 The Tigers acquired Sanchez from the Miami Marlins last summer in exchange for prospects, including catcher Rob Brantley and right-hander Jacob Turner. After posting an ERA and WHIP of 3.94 and 1.256 over 19 starts with the Marlins, Sanchez maintained marks of 3.74 and 1.286 in 12 starts with the Tigers. It was initially thought that the Tigers viewed Sanchez as a half-season rental in an effort to bolster their playoff chances and put themselves over the top as World Series contenders. However, Detroit made it clear at the end of the season that they had interest in re-signing the right-hander. Before he signed with the Tigers, Sanchez was also receiving significant interest from the Chicago Cubs, among other teams. Over seven seasons at the major league level the 28-year-old has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.75 and 1.346 with 7.6 strikeouts and 3.3 walks per nine innings. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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