DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchezs agent, Gene Mato, said his client left money on the table during the winter meetings from a club he would not specify -- only to say it wasn't the Chicago Cubs -- because Sanchez wasnt comfortable with that team.
Mato claims Sanchez couldve made more than he ended up getting from the Tigers, who announced the 80 million, five-year contract with a club option for six years Monday afternoon at Comerica Park.
When negotiations with the Cubs, offering 77.5 million over five years, got down to the nitty-gritty, Mato said his client took a night to sleep on it and told Mato, Listen, I want to be a Tiger. Call them to make a deal.
Mato, acknowledging that getting the most for a player -- in both dollars and personal preferences -- is a difficult process, made it happen.
Sanchez and his wife, Ana, found it difficult to stop smiling during Monday's the press conference at Comerica Park. They often made eye contact during the question-and-answer session and had ...