The Tigers know that they will have competition in attempting to sign free agent starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez this offseason. Team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said the team will try to retain the pitcher's services, but knows it won't be easy:
"I'm not sure where it's going to lead with him," Dombrowski said. "But I do know that he's a very sought-after guy."
Sanchez is probably the second-best free agent starting pitcher on the market this offseason, behind Zack Greinke. The Blue Jays, Rangers, Padres, Dodgers and Angels are all expected to make a serious run at Sanchez.
Sanchez pitched well for the Tigers down the stretch, going 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA over 12 starts. He took it up a notch in the playoffs though, going 1-2 with a 1.77 ERA over three starts, with a WHIP of .984. In the ALCS against the Yankees, Sanchez threw seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven batters.
Prior to being traded to Detroit, Sanchez spent his entire eight-year major league career with the Marlins.