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Tigers still in talks with Anibal Sanchez, according to report

Detroit would like to bring back Sanchez, who was a postseason star for the Tigers in 2012.


The Detroit Tigers are still pursing free agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez, according to Jason Beck of

Sanchez, who was acquired by the Tigers in a trade with the Miami Marlins in July, is reportedly seeking a deal in the range of six years, $90 million. He's considered one of the top starting pitchers available this winter on the free agent market:

The widespread belief is that if the bidding on Sanchez gets to the 7-year, $100 million offer stage that many expect it to go, the Tigers will be out. It won't necessarily be a sign of how the Tigers value him as much as what it would do for future talks on Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, both of whom are two years away from free agency.

The Tigers offered $48 million over four years, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Sanchez made 12 regular season starts for the Tigers last season, racking up a 3.74 ERA in 74 and 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out 57 and walked 15.

In the postseason Sanchez may have earned his next contract. In three starts, Sanchez allowed four runs over 20 and 1/3 innings. He struck out 18 and walked just six.

The Tigers traded Brian Flynn, Rob Brantly and Jacob Turner to Miami in July to acquire Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante.