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 that the Chicago Cubs had offered Sanchez a five-year, 75 million contract.
Nightengale said the Tigers' original offer to Sanchez was four years and 48 million.
This signing, like Prince Fielder's last year, has Ilitch's fingerprints on it. Ilitch no doubt authorized the extra money to keep Sanchez from going to the Cubs.
Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said when the offseason started that they intended to try to keep Sanchez, who helped them reach the World Series last season.
The Tigers acquired Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante from the Miami Marlins at the 2012 trade deadlin...