By RICKY LINDSAY, Tigers Beat Reporter
It’s official; the Detroit Tigers 2012 hot stove acquisition, Anibal Sanchez, has re-signed with the club. The deal is for five years and is worth $80 million, with an annual salary of $16 million per year.
The Tigers were reportedly in a bidding war with the Chicago Cubs for Sanchez’s services. Sanchez was considered by many to be the best starting pitcher on the free agent market behind ace Zack Greinke, who recently signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Sanchez was acquired by Detroit in a trade with the Miami Marlins, in which the Tigers sent their top pitching prospect, Jacob Turner, as well as other minor leaguers. The trade also reunited the Tigers with Omar Infante, who played for the club from the 2002 season through 2007.
Sanchez went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 12 stats down the stretch with the Tigers. He also went 1-2 with an ERA of 1.77 in three starts during the 2012 postseason.
Sanchez is expected to be the fourth starter in the Tigers rotation, behind Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Doug Fister. The fifth and final spot could wind up going to Drew Smyly or Rick Porcello, barring any moves.