The Detroit Tigers ended their season on a sour note as they were swept in the World Series by the San Francisco Giants, but now their attention turns to what decisions they will make during the off-season to get better. Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and reliever Ryan Madson are both ranked in the Top 2013 MLB Free Agent list at MLB Trade Rumors, so the Tigers may have to outbid suitors if they want either player's service in 2013.
Sanchez is listed behind only Zach Greinke, Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourn among the top options for the winter, and the 29-year-old hurler might have a C.J. Wilson-type contract coming:
Sanchez, 29 in February, has been a dependable number two or three starter over the past three years. He capped off his 2012 resume with a successful American League stint and 20 strong playoff innings. A C.J. Wilson-type contract seems fair. The Tigers have interest in bringing Sanchez back, though the Blue Jays, Yankees, Twins, Angels, Rangers, Dodgers, and Padres are among the teams that may make bids if he hits the open market. Unlike Kyle Lohse, Sanchez will not cost a draft pick to sign.
Madson missed the season due to Tommy John surgery, and he is a Boras client, so he comes in at No. 36 overall on the top-50 list. The Tigers decided not to sign 2010-12 closer Jose Valverde to an additional contract, though they've also stated they are comfortable with their internal candidates for the role.