While the organization remains steadfast in its willingness to retain the veteran right-hander, Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez has already garnered multiple five-year contract offers on the free agent market according to a report by Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com.
The 28-year-old Sanchez went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA with the Tigers after arriving from Miami at the trade deadline, and continuously impressed Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski with his grit and tenacity over three rock-solid postseason starts. But with a number of teams around the majors clearly eager to land Sanchez's services on a long-term deal, Dombrowksi and team owner Mike Illitch may find it quite difficult to enter into a bidding war with so much money tied up elsewhere on the roster.
Detroit shelled out $26 million to free agent outfielder Torii Hunter last month, but will be forced to look hard for both another starting pitcher and a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen in the coming weeks. Sanchez's impressive play down the stretch greatly increased his market value, and it sounds like his eventual suitor will need to dole out a significant amount of money in order to lure him to town.