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 deal.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Tigers have signed Sanchez to a five-year deal worth $80 million.
Agent Gene Mato Sanchez agrees to 5 year,$80 million deal w #Tigers— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 14, 2012
The Tigers acquired Sanchez on July 23 on this past season, picking him up in a trade with the Miami Marlins. The 28-year-old right-hander went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 12 starts with the Tigers. He finished the season with a 9-13 record and a 3.86 ERA.
Sanchez has just a 48-51 record for his career, but he did get that record after spending just about all of his career with the M...