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?