Notes and analysis on the market for starting pitchers, near the end of Day 1 at the general managers’ meetings in Indian Wells, Calif.:
-- Free agent Anibal Sanchez is in a “favorable position” within the marketplace, according to one club official. Sanchez may not reach the $100 million mark, but multiple people within the industry believe he’s headed for a deal similar to the one C.J. Wilson signed last offseason: five years, $77.5 million.
Sanchez, only 28, has a chance to break the $80 million mark, for a number of reasons: He pitched well during the 2012 postseason, he proved that he can succeed in the American League, and the right teams – the Dodgers, Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Tigers – are interested.
-- Because Sanchez’s value point is more defined, it won’t be a surprise if he signs before Zack Greinke, who is viewed as the top free-agent starter.
-- In some respects, the free-agent market won’t open in earnest until the Tampa Bay Rays trade a starting pitcher, like Jere