Anibal Sanchez has not been the star pitcher that Detroit Tigers‘ fans hoped he would be after signing an $80 million dollar contract in the winter of 2012. He has been nothing but a disappointment the last two seasons. He was demoted from the rotation to the bullpen and was even sent down to AAA-Toledo.

There was a time where Anibal Sanchez was considered one of the best pitchers in baseball. In the 2013 and 2014 seasons, he went 22-13 and had a 2.92 ERA. During that time he also posted an astounding 8.7 WAR. This was thanks to his nearly unhittable changeup. Sanchez was stellar and someone the Tigers put a lot of confidence in.

The last season and a half hasn’t quite been the same. Sanchez lost command of his change up and has lost a lot of respect from the Detroit Tigers’ organization. Although he was never a pitcher that went late into games, it seemed he couldn’t even get passed the fifth. Which is never a good thing with Detroit’s awful bullpen.

Why Anibal Sanchez?

Sanchez may be a low cost option for some teams. This season, there are teams that have a big need for starting pitching. GMs may not want to spend a fortune on aces like Justin Verlander, Sonny Gray, and Johnny Cueto. So Sanchez could be a viable option.

First, Sanchez has pitched well in his last two appearances. He earned two no decisions against the Mariners and Padres. They were his first two games returning as a starting pitcher from AAA-Toledo, giving up only three runs in eleven total innings.

Also, Sanchez is on the last year of his contract. Although he does have a hefty contract at $16.8 million due this year, the Tigers would ask for next to nothing for a team to pick up his contract.

On his contract, there is also a team option. This could be something of extreme value to a team looking at Sanchez. If he pitches poorly, Sanchez would be merely a rental for the rest of this season. If he continues to perform well like his last two games, a team could choose to use it to keep him for an extra year.

I think it would be very wise for some teams to take a flier on Anibal Sanchez. He hasn’t been great the last two years, but the Detroit Tigers would love to dump his contract. It would be a very low risk move, but it could pay high rewards for a contending club.

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Hi my name is Daniel Plocher and I am a junior at Wisconsin Lutheran College. I am the Editor-in-Chief of our student newspaper and love writing for Armchair. I was raised in California, however I love all Detroit sports. My family is really weird because one side of the family is all Detroit and Michigan fans, and the other side is huge into Wisconsin sports and Michigan St fans. We are literally a family divided by sports. Because of this, I cheer for the Brewers and the Bucks to ease a bit of tension. I mainly write for Armchair Tigers, but I also write some pieces for my other fandoms as well.
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Content Contributor for Armchair Tigers The Armchair All-Americans LLC
Hi my name is Daniel Plocher and I am a junior at Wisconsin Lutheran College. I am the Editor-in-Chief of our student newspaper and love writing for Armchair. I was raised in California, however I love all Detroit sports. My family is really weird because one side of the family is all Detroit and Michigan fans, and the other side is huge into Wisconsin sports and Michigan St fans. We are literally a family divided by sports. Because of this, I cheer for the Brewers and the Bucks to ease a bit of tension. I mainly write for Armchair Tigers, but I also write some pieces for my other fandoms as well.

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