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Tigers dueling with Cubs for Sanchez

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08:08 AM ET 12.14 | Will he stay or will he go? The Tigers were jousting late Thursday evening with the Cubs in a bid to sign right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez, according to national reports. Sanchez, 28, had become one of the hotter free-agent tickets after last weekend's signing of prime-time starter Zack Greinke by the Dodgers, and was weighing a Tigers bid that might exceed the five years and $75 million reportedly being offered by the Cubs. Sanchez came to the Tigers in a July trade and delivered precisely what the Tigers had sought as they tried to reinforce their starting rotation ahead of their ultimate place against the Giants in October's World Series. The Tigers had been insistent they hoped to bring Sanchez back in 2013.

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December 14, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Someone is going to overpay for this guy.

December 14, 2012  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Someone is going to overpay for this guy.

A career 3.75 ERA will start the bidding at 15 mil a year By MLB standards

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December 14, 2012  10:22 AM ET

And Da Winner is Detroit!!! Pizza-Pizza!

December 14, 2012  10:29 AM ET

Get your Hot and Ready from Little Caesar! Help pay for the Tiger Superstars. I'll take a large pepperoni, please.

December 14, 2012  11:03 AM ET

It's over DETROIT sign him.

December 14, 2012  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Someone is going to overpay for this guy.

the tigers did it,, would give 80 millions deal for a 5 years contract,,,, it won't had happened at the miami team,,or it would had happened??

December 14, 2012  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It's over DETROIT sign him.

plus the tigers over paid him as expected,,,,

December 14, 2012  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I can't see him going to the Cubs over the Tigers unless it was for substantially more money. But, maybe he loves to hang around The Ginger Man after day games.

the tigers agree to a five years deal with anibal sanchez should the cubs had sign him and where would the cubs get the money??no comments,,

December 14, 2012  11:53 AM ET

cubs haven't done positive signning at all,, plus the cubies lack financially though///

December 14, 2012  11:55 AM ET

unless some team take over alfonso soriano and his contract, other than that the cubies are stuck for a long time no kidding,,,

December 14, 2012  12:15 PM ET

If the Tigers are giving Sanchez $80m, how much are they going to have to give Verlander when he hits FA in 2 years?

December 14, 2012  12:33 PM ET

Game over man. GAME OVER!

December 14, 2012  12:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

If the Tigers are giving Sanchez $80m, how much are they going to have to give Verlander when he hits FA in 2 years?

Verlander will get $30MM per, whether it's from Detroit or another team at that point.

December 14, 2012  12:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

If the Tigers are giving Sanchez $80m, how much are they going to have to give Verlander when he hits FA in 2 years?

You're right, they'll no doubt have to dig deep. Especially when you know that by then they'll be trying to outbid the Yankees by that time and maybe the Dodgers will still be spending too.

December 14, 2012  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Someone is going to overpay for this guy.

BINGO!

December 14, 2012  01:27 PM ET

That was an easy decision for Sanchez!

December 14, 2012  02:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Game over man. GAME OVER!

and you actually think that's a good deal? talk about overpaid. Sanchez pitched lights out for 2 weeks, but he is up and down. YOu don't pay that money for #3 pitcher.

 
December 14, 2012  03:25 PM ET

Duel over. Cubs lose. Again.

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