Anibal Sanchez seeking $90 million contract, according to report

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The Tigers' mid-season pickup is looking for a big deal this winter.

Free agent right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez is reportedly seeking a $90 million contract over six years, according to FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi.

Sanchez, who was traded to the Detroit Tigers in July, boosted his resume and next potential contract by allowing just four earned runs in 20⅓ innings pitched this postseason. He struck out 20 and walked six in three combined starts.

If Sanchez were to receive a $90 million deal over six years, it would be worth about $15 million annually. That number is about what C.J. Wilson received from the Los Angeles Angels last year.

A high-ranking executive with one club said this week that Sanchez, 28, is in a "favorable position" within the marketplace. If a team agrees on the $15 million per annum but views the sixth year as a hang-up, that 2018 salary could turn into a contractual option and bring the guaranteed value in line with what Wilson received.

In 12 regular-season starts for Detroit this season, Sanchez went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA. He struck out 57 and walked 15 in 74⅔ innings pitched. Sanchez seemed to get better as the season progressed, as he racked up a 2.43 ERA in six regular-season starts for Detroit in September/October.

Sanchez, who spent his his first six and a half seasons with the Marlins organization, has a lifetime 3.75 ERA in 144 career starts. He's pitched at least 195 innings each of the last four seasons.

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