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UPDATE: Anibal Sanchez not expected to decide between Cubs and Tigers tonight

Dec 13, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Nightengale reports that there will be no decision from Sanchez tonight, as talks with the Cubs and Tigers are expected to continue in the morning.

7:50 PM: Per Nightengale, Sanchez’s agent says, “He has not decided. Negotiations are ongoing..”

7:14 PM: Nightengale reports that the Tigers have bumped their offer to Sanchez. The specifics of the new offer aren’t yet clear, but it’s beginning to look like the Cubs got used for leverage here. This baseball is a tough business.

6:59 PM: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs thought they had a deal with Sanchez, but the Tigers are being given the last chance to match. They previously offered him a four-year deal.

6:12 PM: Not so fast. Sanchez’s agent Gene Mato told CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that he’s still talking to other teams. Meanwhile, Heyman hears that the Tigers remain “very much” in the mix to sign him.

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports also hears that it isn’t a done deal, so stay tuned.

5:50 PM: Another unexpected signing. After a pretty general assumption that the Tigers were the favorites to bring back Anibal Sanchez, Bob Nightengale just reported that the Chicago Cubs have signed him.  No official word on the money, but Ken Rosenthal had just previously tweeted that the Cubs were “close” and were offering five years and $75 million.

Sanchez is a 48-51 career pitcher with a 3.75 ERA. Last year he he had a 3.74 ERA for the Tigers and a 3.94 ERA for the Marlins and was 9-13 overall. He has thrown between 195 and 197 innings in each of the past three years.

He’ll immediately be the Cubs number one or, depending on how you feel about Matt Garza‘s health, number two starter. And, considering where this market has gone so far this winter, that’s not a terrible price for the guy.  I think most people figured he’d go north of $80 million.

  1. cubfan531 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    By the time Summer really starts, the Cubs will have six MLB starters: Sanchez, Garza, Samardzija, Baker, Feldman, Travis Wood.

    • indyralph - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      By August 1, the Cubs will have two MLB starters: Sanchez and Samardzija.

      • indyralph - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:55 PM


  2. historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM


    • historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      Oh, thank god. I got in the car to drive home from work and Rush came on the radio and it seemed like the universe was piling on me. Hopefully, it was just an unearned Nancy Kerrigan moment.

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    I see dominoes falling. Thanks Greinke!

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    so are the cubs rebuilding or are they getting ready to contend by 13 or 14??? either way love how this guy has been running the office…just like the redsox he knows how to turn a team around goodluck cubbies!!!!

    • tashkalucy - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      It helps to “turn around” a team when you have a young Manny Rameriz in your line-up making all the hitters better.

      If you haven’t noticed, the Red Sox have been going steadily south since Mr.Manny was traded to LA. Even then the team didn’t jell until Mr. Farrell was brought in as pitching coach and suddenly it looked like Mr. Epstein was signing good pitchers and Mr. Francona was handling the staff well.

      I believe that time will prove that while Mr. Epstein is a very sharp man, the myth has more to do with PR then it does with reality. I too can’t figure out if the guy’s rebuilding or trying to compete. If one is rebuilding, you sign some veteran players that are proven to be quality PEOPLE that carry themselves as major leaguers at all times, to set the tone for the young guys you give playing time to – on the field (play fundamental baseball), in the clubhouse (talk baseball, learn to be a winner), and off the field (be a quality person at all times).

      Mr. Epstein will have the Cubs playing well. At times. Mr. Hendry and Mr. MacPhail had the Cubs playing well at times as well. There are two solid organizations in that division – St. Louis and Cincinnati – plus a Pirate organization that is no longer a pushover. The Cubs have a long, long way to go. And the dominant NL power for the next 8-10 years is already in place, the Nationals.

      In a few years Cubs fans will be joking about rewriting ‘Waiting for Godot’ to ‘Waiting on Epstein-Hoyer’.

  5. mrchainbluelightning - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    This Tiger fan is elated that they didn’t give into this guys demands. Too many years at too high a price.

    • pshanks62 - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      Fine with years, $$$ way too high for a #4…hoping they still pass with news that he hasn’t actually signed yet…

      • mrchainbluelightning - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        I don’t get it at all. This guy is at best a #3 guy and a #4 in Detroit.
        Why would any team lock themselves into 5 years of Anibal is beyond me.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      See update and cringe.

  6. philliesblow - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Greinke: 29 yrs old, career ERA+ 114, WHIP 1.247 $24.5 million / yr

    Sanchez: 28 yrs old, career ERA+ 11, WHIP 1.346 $15 million / yr

    Something just doesn’t look right

    • diehardcubbiefan4life - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      The fact that you got Sanchez’s career ERA+ wrong? 😀

      • philliesblow - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        You’re right, should have been 110. EDIT FUNCTION!

  7. boyofzimmer - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Sounds like the Cubs need to fix some leaks in their front office… First Dumpster trade retracted and now this B.S.

  8. legacybroken - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Which station in Michigan has Rush on at 5? I know 760 has him on 12, then Hannity and Mitch Albom afterwards.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      I think she was referring to a trio of Blue Jay fans.

  9. rosloe62 - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Let he Tigers keep him. Way too much money for a good but not great pitcher.

  10. vincentbojackson - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Tiger fan here, hoping the Cubs land him. Too much money for a guy that didn’t show much outside of a nice little run in the playoffs.

    He’s no more than a #3 starter.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      Do we need something higher than that? Who do you want to bump?

  11. soundsofsuccess7 - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    He’ll probably be an Angel, haha.

  12. joerymi - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    If they resign him, I really like the look of the Tigers rotation. And it might spell the end of the Rick Porcello nightmare.

    • firstand98 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      with JV’s and scherzer’s contracts coming up (not to mention fister AND cabrera), that’s a lot of cash to lock into. of course this doesn’t even take fielder’s mega deal into consideration. i know that i have no idea of where the team is as far as finances go, but this seems to be a huge increase in spending from just a few years ago when they let polanco walk when they clearly had no plan to replace him.

      i personally like porcello and think he’s getting better and could potentially start putting together big strides this year. and of course signing sanchez to a big deal means that they will plan to go into 2013 with an all right-handed rotation, which i’m not a huge fan of, but there is something to be said that a rotation of JV, scherzer, fister, sanchez and porcello is pretty damned tough.

      • joerymi - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        If Sanchez resigns, Porcello is probably odd man out. They like Smyly, so that is your lefty.

        Yes, they have a lot of tough contract decisions coming up in a couple seasons, but it won’t be Sanchez that breaks the bank.

  13. Carl Hancock - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Players like Sanchez shouldn’t be getting this kind of money and this number of years. Someone please stop the insanity.

    • joerymi - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      look at the last 3 seasons of Grienke and Sanchez. Grienke is better, but not much. I would say getting him for 60 millions less than a guy he is pretty comparable to is a bargain.

  14. Minoring In Baseball - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    This was a horrible trade for the Tigers this season, anyway. Infante did play well for Detroit, especially in the WS, and Sanchez pitched well in the playoffs, but still not good enough to give up Turner and Brantly. I’m sure the Tigers would love to have both prospects back, now. I agree Sanchez isn’t worth the money, but just more games between the agents and GM’s. The guy probably would rather pitch at Comerica, so he needs to come down to a reasonable yr/salary and get the deal done. I like the Cubs, too, but Sanchez won’t make much of a difference for them next season. If the Tigers do get him, fine. At least they could package Porcello and Boesch to fill some other holes.

  15. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    I can’t see why the Cubs would mind being used for leverage after a hundred years of being used for ballast.

  16. boyofzimmer - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Marlins fan – I wouldn’t be throwing stones when your feesh seem to be living in glass houses.

    • Old Gator - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:46 AM

      Yes, but it’s a brand new glass house. If the Feesh haven’t won another championship by 2103, get on your Ouija board and send me some snark.

  17. Minoring In Baseball - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    No decison tonight? I guess he needs to sleep on it…and as the dollar signs dance in his head…

  18. beelza - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    If Sanchez goes to the Cubs for 2-3 million more dollars, fine. Sanchez, as a Cubs player, will never see a NLCS letalone the WS. If Anibal takes the Cubs deal, then he’s saying 5 million dollars is more important than winning a WS. But hey, not every pro ball player cares about winning a ring. Assuming Anibal goes to Cubs, detroit needs to sign the NYY closer Soriano. Can’t afford to let them both walk away from Tigers.

  19. legacybroken - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    OG you crack me up. As for the Anibel deal. I do hope the Tigers can resign him but won’t be to upset if Chicago decides to waste money trying to sucker its fanbase into thinking it can be contender. Also, even with a big deal for Sanchez as long as the Tigers braintrust stays in place, I see no reason why the Tigers won’t be able to resign JV and Miggy. Though that might mean only retaining one of the Fister and Max tandem as well. If we don’t keep Sanchez I think we will be able to contain the whole core.

    • Old Gator - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      You’ll keep Sanchez. I find it difficult to believe that after playing for Scrooge McLoria, he’d want to insinuate himself into a century of futility so profound that it’s being studied along with gravity, electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces as one of the foundations of the universe. I mean, the Cubs haven’t won for even longer than physicists have been trying to solve the unified field puzzle. They were too close to the problem. Someone must have realized that “futility” on their part resonated with the quantum problem of how observation queers the stats. So what to do? Default to the study of the purest model of futility at their disposal. And what might that be? Tra-la-laaaaaaaa….

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