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Royals making starter Anibal Sanchez their “top choice”

Dec 5, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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The Royals badly need a front-line starting pitcher.

And it appears they might have one in their sights.

FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi hears that the Kansas City front office has made free agent right-hander Anibal Sanchez their “top choice” this winter. It’s going to cost a ton of money, but the Royals’ higher-ups are surely aware of that and presumably wouldn’t get involved at all if they didn’t think they could swing it.

Sanchez has also been drawing interest this offseason from the Dodgers, Red Sox and Tigers. He’s likely to wait to pick a team until after Zack Greinke sets the market with what could be a record contract for a right-handed starting pitcher.

Sanchez, 28, registered a solid 3.86 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 167/48 K/BB ratio in 195 2/3 innings this past summer between Miami and Detroit. He then posted a shiny 1.77 ERA over three postseason starts.

  1. giantboy99 - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Gil Meche…..round 2

    • canoyoulie - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      gil meche round 2 would be fine … just don’t let trey hillman anywhere near the state of missouri so he doesn’t blow out the guy’s arm.

  2. dondada10 - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Well, that’s one way to not give up any of their prospects.

  3. source7769 - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    this is who they want as their ace wtf and who again is closing

    • canoyoulie - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      seriously? not much of a baseball fan are we?

  4. icanspeel - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    The irony is his 3 postseason starts probably inflated his asking price quite a bit and the Royals may be paying the inflated price and not going to the postseason (Sorry Royals fans)

  5. flyeredup - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    AAA baseball in KC. They will never be relevant

  6. weaselpuppy - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Big mistake to do that for KC…next year there are 5-7 guys similar to or better than Sanchez in FA and they aren’t competing next year….get Duffy Paulino Odorizzi ready for 2014 w Guthrie as an innings eater and spend big then on someone who has been a #1 or a strong #2 like Lincecum Johnson Garza

  7. fuddpucker - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    ANother Sanchez for the Royals? Ugh!

    Plus, Guthrie is NO HELP. Look at his stats last year. He pumped himself up with roids the 2nd half to get the fat, juicy contract just like Frenchy and Melky were doing.

    I mean seriously, he was TWICE AS BETTER all a sudden! Impossible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. jdabird - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Are you kidding me? He has got to be better than the mental midget Hochevar.

  9. thebadguyswon - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Well….it saves the prospects. But Sanchez is no ace.

  10. krzyman70 - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    The differances between the Tigers and the Royals…Sanchez was Detroits #4 and would be the Royals ace. Sad!

  11. beelza - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Any team that pays Sanchez 70-90 million is crazy. This dudes career in know way justifies that kind of money. I think he wants to stay in Detroit, why hasn’t he gone elsewhere if this weren’t true?

  12. vincentbojackson - Dec 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    The guy is no better than a solid #3 starter. Any team that signs him to head a rotation is throwing money away.

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