The Detroit Tigers officially announced the re-signing of starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez on Monday. Sanchez's contract with the Tigers is for $80 million over five years, with a club option for the 2018 season. The Tigers acquired Sanchez from the Miami Marlins this past season, but couldn't work out a deal with him before the free agent market opened.
Sanchez went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA with the Tigers, and has a career record of 48-51 and a 3.75 ERA over seven major league seasons. He spent his entire big league career with the Marlins before being traded.
The Tigers have added to their payroll over the past several seasons, with last year's total of $134 million being the fifth highest in MLB. That number should exceed $150 million in 2013, which depending on what other teams do, could trail only the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees among the highest payrolls in the league.