Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez puts Birmingham home on the market


On Tuesday, October 10, Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez listed his Birmingham, Michigan, home for sale for $1.9 million.

The news supports speculation that the Tigers won’t be picking up the righty’s contract next season. Sanchez was traded to Detroit in 2012 along with second baseman Omar Infante for right-hander Jacob Turner, two minor leaguers, and a draft pick in a deal with the Miami Marlins. That offseason, Sanchez signed a five-year contract worth $80 million with Detroit. The deal included a $16 million team option in the sixth year. If the Tigers don’t exercise their option for the 2018 season, they owe Sanchez a $5 million buyout fee.

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While Sanchez helped Detroit make it to the World Series in 2012, his last four seasons have been plagued with injury. His performance got so bad (his ERA skyrocketed to 9.00) this season that Sanchez was demoted to Triple-A. In six seasons with the club, the righty is 46-49 with a 4.43 ERA.

In the final game of the season, Sanchez allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts in five innings of work against the Minnesota Twins. The 5-1 loss helped the Tigers secure the No. 1 draft pick in Sanchez’s seventh loss of the season.

Detroit had big hopes for Anibal Sanchez, who finished the 2013 seasons with a 14-8 record and an American League-leading 2.57 ERA. Even after he accepted his assignment to Toledo in May, Sanchez rallied for a bit of a comeback. In his return to the Tigers, he gave up just eight earned runs over 23.1 innings of work with 22 strikeouts and four walks over four starts. After that, it was a roller coaster. On August 6, he allowed eight earned runs in three innings of work against the Baltimore Orioles. But on September 15 he struck out 11 in six innings giving up just one earned run against the Chicago White Sox.

It’s unlikely Sanchez will be around as the Tigers move forward with their rebuild. For now, the organization continues to look at managerial candidates to take the place of Brad Ausmus.

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