On December 14th, the Detroit Tigers resigned Anibal Sanchez. They agreed on a five-year, 80 million dollar deal. Yes 80! Sanchez who has a career record of 48-51 and an ERA of 3.75 in his career doesn’t deserve even ten million dollars a
year. Of course he has been a quality starter for a couple of years now, but the signing doesn’t change Detroit’s playoff chances. As they are already the favorite in the AL Central, so this signing is just a waste of 80 million dollars.
Sanchez reportedly had reached an agreement with the Cubs on December 13th, but he elected to come back to Detroit for five million more. After Zack Greinke and Dan Haren, Sachez was the best pitcher on the market. After they both signed deals with teams, it was obvious that Sanchez was going to be signed soon. Sanchez had nine wins in the previous season, but his three quality starts in the playoffs won him this deal.
Of course to me, this deal was WAY too much for Sanchez. This deal was bigger than Justin Verlander’s deal three years ago and similar to CJ Wilson’s deal with Los Angeles last year, which is very surprising. His strikeout numbers aren’t insane and neither is his ERA. This deal was a bad deal on the Tigers side, as they do have Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly to be the number four and five starters.
Sanchez will join Verlander, Scherzer, and Fister in the rotation but he isn’t good enough to surpass any of them. This deal shows how wasteful teams in the MLB are, as a guy that isn’t worth ten million a year is getting 80 million over six years.