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08:16 AM ET 12.18 | During this free agent winter, Anibal Sanchez was going to wind up a very wealthy man, but it appears he could have signed for more. Sanchez's agent, Gene Mato, said that Sanchez left money on the table at the winter meetings, when an unnamed team offered him a contract, but that Sanchez didn't want to make his decision on money, but rather comfortability. "Fortunately, he had a night to sleep on it," Mato said of the decision between the Tigers and Chicago Cubs, who reportedly offered a five-year, $75 million contract on Thursday. "The next morning, he called me early in the morning and said, 'Listen, I want to be a Tiger.' It was pretty clear from the beginning, to me, that Anibal really wanted to be a Tiger."

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December 18, 2012  09:42 AM ET

It was just a matter of, "Do I sign with a winner, or with a perrenial loser?"

December 18, 2012  10:15 AM ET

Sounds like a no-brainer to me. Refreshing to see that it wasn't all about the Benjamins for him.

December 18, 2012  10:19 AM ET

So he decided to go to a conteder where he would still be set for life rather than for a few extra bucks and be on a laughing stock.

December 18, 2012  11:00 AM ET

It looks like the opportunity for FA's to play for the Cubs these days is going to be a tough sell for Theo.

December 18, 2012  11:01 AM ET

So who was the unnamed team who offered him more money? No one offered him more money than the Tigers. So it WAS really all about the money after all. Pfft.

December 18, 2012  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sanchez left NO money on the table. No one offered him more money than the Tigers. So it WAS really all about the money after all. Pfft.

FN blows it again

December 18, 2012  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So who was the unnamed team who offered him more money? No one offered him more money than the Tigers. So it WAS really all about the money after all. Pfft.

There was a mystery team that offered him a higher contract during the winter meetings than the one he signed with Detroit.

December 18, 2012  01:56 PM ET

Regardless of whether the Cubbies actually made Sanchez an offer, it certainly seems like several agents have been using Theo to try to inflate other teams' offers even though their clients had no intention of signing with the Cubbies.

December 18, 2012  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

There was a mystery team that offered him a higher contract during the winter meetings than the one he signed with Detroit.

Oh I seriously doubt this "mystery team" topped the Tigers 80 million dollar bid

December 18, 2012  02:52 PM ET

Sounds like BS to cover fpr a bloated contract.

December 18, 2012  04:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Sounds like BS to cover fpr a bloated contract.

Probably. The FreeP is known for blowing hot air.

December 18, 2012  06:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Regardless of whether the Cubbies actually made Sanchez an offer, it certainly seems like several agents have been using Theo to try to inflate other teams' offers even though their clients had no intention of signing with the Cubbies.

Ja hey der, stop sniffing the cubbies starfish.

December 18, 2012  06:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Ja hey der, stop sniffing the cubbies starfish.

 
December 18, 2012  07:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

So he decided to go to a conteder where he would still be set for life rather than for a few extra bucks and be on a laughing stock.

plus he gets to pitch with verlander as his teamate and he would get better experience with tigers pitchers and pitching coach!!

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