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Early Thursday evening, Bob Nightengale of the USA Today tweeted that starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez agreed to sign a deal with the Chicago Cubs. Not more than a half hour later, Nightengale and others were recanting that initial report saying that Sanchez had not yet signed the deal and that other teams, namely the Tigers, were still in play.
As of Thursday night, we have learned that the Cubs offer sits at five years for $75 million. According to various reports, Sanchez has given the Tigers the chance to match/beat the Cubs offer. And according to those same reports, he’ll wear the Old English “D” if they do. The Tigers were have said to have previously offered Sanchez four years.
Sanchez came to the Tigers from the Miami Marlins in a July trade. In 12 starts, he finished with a 3.74 ERA.
Currently the Tigers’ starting rotation is made up of Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly. Should the Tigers decide to match the Cubs’ offer, they could then turn around and trade Porcello or Smyly, perhaps for an upgrade at shortstop or a closer candidate.
The question is: is the 31-year old Anibal Sanchez worth five years and $75 million? In a word, no. At $15M per, Sanchez would be paid as a top 15-ish starting pitcher in the Major Leagues. You can spin his numbers anyway you want to, but he isn’t close to the 15th best pitcher in baseball.
It isn’t my money so it’s easy say, “pay the man.” But you can’t look at it like that. The payroll will creep north of $155 million with Sanchez on the roster, which would have given them the fourth richest roster in baseball in 2012. You have to remember that the Tigers don’t have the independent television network deal that the Yankees or Mets or Dodgers have. So to cough up $75M for a third/fourth starter is a lot of cash.
However, with the recent developments, mainly the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signing Josh Hamilton Thursday, the Tigers have to do something. Only Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers’ brass know what trade possibilities are out there. They reportedly were deep in talks with the Tampa Bay Rays for James Shields before he was traded to Kansas City. If there are current discussions in which it seems reasonably likely that the Tigers can upgrade their rotation, I would hold off. But if there isn’t anything cooking, then you just may have to bite the bullet and pay Sanchez.
I don’t think he’s worth it, but it might be a necessary evil.
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In an unusual turn of events, Anibal Sanchez is returning to the Detroit Tigers on a 5-year, $80M deal. This move comes on the heels of the Cubs offering Sanchez a 5-year, $75M contract on Thursday. What most people didn’t know was that Sanchez planned on giving the Tigers a chance to match his best offer all along.
Not only did the Tigers match it, but they gave him an extra ...
Yesterday the Detroit Tigers re-signed right-hander Anibal
Sanchez to a five-year, $80 million contract, as reported by Bob Nightengale of
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,...
Anibal Sanchez is staying with the Detroit Tigers. After the free-agent pitcher appeared to be on the verge of taking a lucrative five-year, $77.5 million offer from the Chicago Cubs, the Tigers upped the ante and Sanchez agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract Friday, his agent, Gene Mato, told USA Today. Sanchez, 28, came to the Tigers during the 2012 season from the Miami...
The Red Sox still need starting pitching, but it’s obvious they’re not willing to just throw cash around.
The Tigers reportedly inked Anibal Sanchez to a five-year, $80 million deal on Friday. Before Sanchez signed the big contract, however, the Red Sox talked to the right-hander, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The Sox reportedly weren’t willing to go as high as...
The Cubs made their biggest move so far this off-season on Thursday, reportedly signing Anibal Sanchez to a five-year deal pending physical on Thursday according to reports from Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Meanwhile, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports continues to report that Detroit is “very much in the mix“.
Sanchez, 28, made his debut with the then-Florida Marlins in 2006, where...
Anibal Sanchez has re-signed with the Detroit Tigers. Sanchez will receive $80 million over the next five seasons.
This news comes a day after reports suggested that the right handed pitcher had chosen to sign a deal with the Chicago Cubs. Those reports proved to be false.
Sanchez was acquired by the Tigers at the July trade deadline from the Florida Marlins. After the trade Sanchez...
The Chicago Cubs seemed poised to sign free-agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez on Thursday afternoon, with reports surfacing that the two sides were close to a deal. However, it appeared that Sanchez was willing to give his former team, the Detroit Tigers, one more chance to one-up the Cubbies.
That’s exactly what the Tigers did, and on Friday, they reportedly came to terms on a new...
The Rangers still have options, the Angels have an abundance of outfielders, and Anibal Sanchez`s impending decision has multiple implications.
So what’s next for the 2012-2013 off-season champion Dodgers?
Danny Knobler says Anibal Sanchez has been discussed, but Buster Olney says the Dodgers aren’t going to be signing any more pitchers.
As far as Sanchez goes, I’m inclined to believe Olney, because while I believe the team’s budget is comically high, I do believe they have one and that it would simply be overkill...
Mike Ilitch (center) celebrated an AL title with manager Jim Leyland (left) and GM Dave Dombrowski.
Mike Ilitch wants to win a World Series. That’s it. That is the beginning and the end of this debate over the justification for the five-year, $80 million deal free-agent starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez reportedly accepted Friday to stay in Detroit.
Anyone expressing shock over this...
This week, the American League became more competitive by the day. The Royals traded for James Shields. The Angels signed Josh Hamilton.
Friday, the defending champions answered: Anibal Sanchez agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract to remain in Detroit, a major-league source confirmed to FOXSports.com.
One signing didn't turn the Tigers into prohibitive favorites to return...
The Detroit Tigers are still serious about winning a world championship and will continue to be as long as owner Mike Ilitch is running the show.
Originally reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today and confirmed by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers signed Anibal Sanchez to a five-year, 80 million contract Friday morning.
This came on the heels of a report Thursday night...