Eager to solidify one of the game's best pitching staffs heading into next year, Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski informed Tom Gage of The Detroit News that the organization is eager to re-sign pitcher Anibal Sanchez after the season.
Though he was viewed as a rental player when the Tigers acquired him in late July due to his expiring contract, Sanchez has clearly impressed Dombrowski enough to be included in the team's long-term plans. Even though any future contract for Sanchez would more than likely eclipse his 2012 base salary of $8 million, the veteran general manager believes that the promising right-hander may well be worth the high price tag.
"Yeah, he's a player we'd like to keep," Dombrowski said. "We know we gave up a lot of talent in that deal, but for us he's been very big. We have interest in him beyond now, sure."
After struggling with the transition to the American League for a few outings, Sanchez truly started to hit stride in the final stretch of the season. Owner of a 2.43 ERA with 37 strikeouts in just over 40 September innings, Sanchez clearly lived up to his high billing at a time when the Tigers needed it the absolute most. At just 28 years old with nearly 900 big-league innings under his belt, Sanchez's market value will be directly tied to how well he pitches in the postseason.