|Hot Stove: Agent confirms Anibal Sanchez will return to Tigers for 5 years, $80M||12.14.12 at 10:56 am ET|
Right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez reached agreement to return to the Tigers on a five-year, $80 million contract, his agent told ESPN on Friday morning. Agent Gene Mato confirmed that the free agent will stay in Detroit, following reports a day earlier that Sanchez had a deal with the Cubs for six years and $147 million.
Sanchez, a former Red Sox minor leaguer who was traded by Boston to the Marlins in 2005 along with Hanley Ramirez for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell, was shipped from Miami to Detroit shortly before the trade deadline this past July.
In Detroit, Sanchez went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA and 57 strikeouts against 15 walks in 74 2/3 innings. In seven major league seasons, Sanchez has a 48-51 record with a 3.74 ERA and 733 strikeouts vs. 320 walks in 869 innings.
|Trade Deadline: Marlins trade Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez||07.24.12 at 9:11 am ET|
The Marlins positioned themselves Monday as sellers when they traded a pair of valuable assets to the Tigers.
Omar Infante, who spent the better part of six seasons with the Tigers from 2002-07, will return to Detroit after spending the last two seasons with the Marlins. He’ll arrive with Anibal Sanchez. The Marlins received top pitching prospect Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers.
The first-place Tigers have struggled at second base this season, but add Infante, who is hitting .287 with 10 stolen bases in 2012. In six years in Detroit, Infante batted .253 with 34 steals and a .683 OPS.
The Tigers also add Sanchez, a 28-year-old right-handed pitcher who will improve the depth of their pitching staff in light of the injury to Drew Smyly, who is currently out with a strained muscle. Prior to being shipped, Sanchez was 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA with the Marlins.
The Marlins, meanwhile, receive a solid piece towards their future with Turner, a 21-year-old righty who earned his first career win on Sunday and is considered to be one of the better up-and-coming arms in baseball.
“Jacob Turner is very well known throughout the game, one of the top prospects,” Marlins president Larry Beinfest said. “We’ve known about him for quite some time and watched him of late. This is a tough get, to get a major league-ready starter is probably the toughest thing to acquire in the game.”
The two teams also swap 2013 draft picks in the deal. The Marlins, in addition to Turner, get catcher Rob Brantley and left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn from the Tigers.
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