Tigers turning focus to re-signing Anibal Sanchez, according to report

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch is interested in keeping Anibal Sanchez on the roster.

The Detroit Tigers are still interested in re-signing Anibal Sanchez this off-season after they committed $26 million to Torii Hunter on Wednesday, according to Danny Knobler CBSSports.com.

Sanchez was 9-13 last season with a 3.86 ERA and 167 strikeouts. Sanchez was 1-2 in the 2012 post-season but allowed just four runs on 14 hits while striking out 18 in three starts.

Immediately after signing Hunter, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch turned his attention to re-signing Sanchez.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that Sanchez is looking for a six-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $90 million.

By signing Hunter, the Tigers addressed their need in right field and the second spot in the lineup, and re-signing Sanchez would solidify a starting rotation that includes Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Max Scherzer.

If the Tigers are unable to re-sign Sanchez, reports indicate that it's unlikely that they will pursue other free agents to complete the rotation.

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