Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 12/14/12
Despite a winding road of reports over the last two days, Anibal Sanchez will remain a Detroit Tiger after all. The club signed the 28-year-old right-hander to a five-year, $80 million deal, keeping him in Detroit through the 2017 season. Sanchez joins Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Doug Fister as locks for the Tigers’ rotation this spring, with just one spot left for youngsters Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly. Porcello could be the one on his way out — trade rumors have surrounded the 23-year-old since the Winter Meetings, and now the Tigers’ otherwise full rotation will likely push him out the door to make room for Sanchez. Porcello posted mediocre results through his first four seasons — a 4.55 ERA and a 4.26 FIP. Durability has been a positive — 120 starts over those four seasons — and his accomplishments are much more impressive in the context of his youth. Both his ERA and FIP have improved each year since 2010, and with his prime ostensibly still to come, there’s reason to believe
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