This week, the American League became more competitive by the day. The Royals traded for James Shields. The Angels signed Josh Hamilton.
Friday, the defending champions answered: Anibal Sanchez agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract to remain in Detroit, a major-league source confirmed to FOXSports.com.
One signing didn't turn the Tigers into prohibitive favorites to return to the World Series. But it's hard to argue that any team in the AL -- yes, even the Angels -- has a better chance of getting there.
Some are wondering if the Angels' 1-3-4 combination -- Mike Trout, Hamilton and Albert Pujols, in some order -- is the best ever. But the Tigers can't be too far behind with Austin Jackson, reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. (The Angels' new trio held a narrow lead over the Tigers' group in WAR this year, 18.3-17.5, according to FanGraphs.com.)
Detroit's lineup should be much improved top-to-bottom, with the addition of former Angel Torii Hunter (whose .817 OPS...