December 3rd, 2012
Don’t count the Tigers out of the Anibal Sanchez negotiations just yet. Their chances, though, are up for debate.
The Tigers remain in talks with Sanchez’s agent on a long-term deal to keep the free-agent right-hander in Detroit. A source with knowledge of negotiations said a Monday morning report of a four-year, $48 million offer from Detroit that was supposedly an insult to Sanchez was not accurate.
That doesn’t mean the Tigers are much closer than that, but it means they’re still in dialogue.
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.