By no means is it a given Anibal Sanchez is gone after this year, but it’s a real possibility now that the Marlins decided to let him play out his final season before qualifying for free agency. Sanchez on Monday learned he won his arbitration hearing against the club and will earn $8 million in 2012.
The two sides did not discuss a multi-year deal before exchanging figures last month, and last week President David Samson said the Marlins did not have any immediate plans to extend Sanchez. The Marlins could always try to lock up Sanchez before he can talk to other clubs, but this close to free agency it’s probably in his best interest to test the market.
Assuming he has another 200-inning, sub-4,00 ERA season, Sanchez should garner plenty of interest next offseason. He arguably would be among the top four available starters along with Matt Cain, Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke, and you have to figure at least one will sign an extension.
Maybe the Marlins plan to go after one of those g...