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The Chicago Cubs and Anibal Sanchez reportedly had reached a deal on a five-year, $75 million contract as of early Thursday night.
Not so fast.
Both Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that Sanchez is instead giving the Detroit Tigers one last chance to beat the Cubs’ offer — Nightengale added that the Tigers are believed to have offered Sanchez a four-year deal, prior to this recent breakthrough with the Cubs.
That $75 million-over-five years deal puts Sanchez at an average of $15 million per year. The question now is if the Tigers and GM Dave Dombrowski are willing to up the ante to at least $16 million per season through 2017.
The MLB Network’s Dan Pleasac weighed in:
Sounds like #Tigers and Anibal Sanchez might end up with a deal. #Cubs offer being countered by Detroit. My gut says he goes back 2 Motown.
— Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) December 14, 2012
Will the Tigers feel any additional pressure now that the Angels have added outfielder Josh Hamilton, giving them a lineup that may surpass Detroit’s in pure star power?
Without re-signing Sanchez, Detroit likely would go with Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly at the four and five spots in the rotation. However, CBS’ Danny Knobler reported earlier in the week that “plenty of teams” were interested in trading for Porcello and that multiple National League GMs inquired about the young right-hander at the winter meetings.
It’s entirely possible that the Cubs were among that group, as they search to bolster their rotation. If Sanchez winds up back in Motown, expect Dombrowski to hit the phones in an attempt to swing Porcello for bullpen help, another option at shortstop, a right-handed bat in the outfield or prospects.
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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
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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...
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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“.
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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.
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Anibal Sanchez has re-signed with the Detroit Tigers. Sanchez will receive $80 million over the next five seasons.
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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.
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Mike Ilitch (center) celebrated an AL title with manager Jim Leyland (left) and GM Dave Dombrowski.
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Anyone expressing shock over this...
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