Anibal Sanchez jumps into a giant pile of money.

illustration by Samara Pearlstein

I hope you cats all really liked the Anibal Sanchez preview that you got towards the end of the 2012 season, because the Tigers have just signed him to a 5 year, $80 million deal. Sanchez will be 29 this coming season, which makes him 33 at the end of this contract. Of course he has already played 7 years in the majors, but it does not seem unreasonable to think that if he is going to have a prime, the Tigers may have just set themselves up to possess him during it.

Word on the digital street is that they outbid the Cubs to get this done. I suspect this says more about Theo Epstein’s unwillingness to go completely bat-guano insane to sign a free agent (unless we’re talking about Daisuke Matsuzaka, which may have been the result of some sort of seizure or other neurologically damaging event) and Mr. Ilitch’s total willingness to fling bat-guano insanity in every direction in order to get this World Series business squared away before he shuffles off this mortal infield than anything else. Don’t get me wrong, it is also pretty damn funny on the lol cubs front, but so is much of what happens in baseball.

Eighty million dollars is a heck of a lot of money, but it’s Mr. Ilitch’s pile, and if he wants to let Anibal jump into it like an insanely extravagant pile of leaves, who am I to tell either one of them to do otherwise?

7 responses to “Anibal Sanchez jumps into a giant pile of money.

  1. That’s a lot of Hannukah gelt. BTW – any plans for Holiday cartoons this year?

  2. It is a huge amount of money, but there can be little doubt that we are a better team as a result of this signing. Our rotation is likely the best in baseball, and that is even before accounting for Smyly’s likely improvement. I will be sorry to see Fred Fred go, because at 24 he still has a chance to be very, very good. But he may yield another valuable piece for this year’s team-a closer, perhaps.

    Mike Illitch is a great owner, and he deserves to hoist the World Series trophy next year.

  3. Mr. Illich is Santa Claus!! The Tigers have been very good boys this past year. So happy that we got Anibal Sanchez. Mr Illich is the best!

  4. The first thing out my mouth after I heard about this signing was, “Great! – But he better be good for the next five years.” Hopefully he is and this is a win, win for everybody (but the Cubbies).

  5. I just hope this doesn’t restrict them too much wrt future spending. Like, Verlander, Cabrera, Scherzer, Jackson, Avila… /rains on parades

    In other news, Happy belated Hanukkah!

  6. Hey, if we get to go to parades (as in, World Series celebrations), I’ll take a little rain. Beats snow in early November, anyway.

  7. Don’t know how I missed this one… so long as he doesn’t hurt himself jumping into that pile…!

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