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Anibal Sanchez | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Anibal Sanchez will stretch out to be a starter this spring.
Mike Pelfrey will also compete for a spot in the rotation. Sanchez spent 2016 bouncing between the bullpen and starting rotation while compiling a career-worst 5.87 ERA. Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer and Jordan Zimmermann are locks for the rotation but the other two spots are up for grabs. Sanchez is entering the last year of a five-year contract. Jan 21 - 4:46 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears that the Tigers are getting hits on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

This is in line with what Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was hearing in mid-November. Sanchez is owed $16 million in 2017 with a $5 million buyout on his option for 2018, so the Tigers are going to have to cover some portion of his remaining salary in order to make a deal feasible. However, as Rosenthal notes, the Tigers could save some money by dealing him and Justin Wilson, who has drawn a lot of interest at the Winter Meetings. Sanchez is coming off a 5.87 ERA and 135/53 K/BB ratio over 153 1/3 innings this past season.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 09:09:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Tigers have gotten a few hits on Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez struggled with a 5.87 ERA and 30 homers allowed over 153 1/3 innings this past season, but Heyman speculates that he could draw some interest if the Tigers cover a significant portion of his remaining salary. The veteran right-hander is owed $16 million in 2017 with a $5 million buyout on his option for 2018. In a weak free agent class, someone could be willing to take a chance on a rebound. A return to the National League could be a good idea.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 08:33:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez pitched five innings and allowed one run and two hits against the Twins in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.

That takes his ERA all of the way down to 5.77. Still, the solid showing should ensure that Sanchez makes at least one more start next week. It's possible he'll pitch twice.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 06:59:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez coughed up six runs in four gruesome innings in a no-decision versus the Twins on Wednesday.

His team eventually won the game but with no thanks to him. He gave up five of the runs in the fourth inning, in which he surrendered a solo shot to Brian Dozier, an RBI-single to Kennys Vargas and a big three-run tater to Kurt Suzuki. Sanchez actually struck out seven batters in his four innings and gave up only five hits and two walks but when the Twins put wood on the ball they hit it hard. It has been an awful season for Sanchez, who is 7-13 with a 5.90 ERA. It is hard to believe this is the same Anibal Sanchez who delivered a 2.57 ERA in 2013.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 12:58:00 AM

Anibal Sanchez was serviceable enough in Wednesday's no-decision against the White Sox, surrendering three runs on eight hits over five innings.

Two of the three runs on Sanchez's line came home courtesy of Melky Cabrera, who hit an RBI double in the first inning and an RBI single in the third. Sanchez struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. This start went smoothly, but the season as a whole has been a much more trying matter. The veteran right-hander will carry an uninspiring 5.69 ERA and 1.48 WHIP into a home start against the Twins next time he toes the rubber.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 06:13:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez pitched well in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday, allowing just three unearned runs on five hits over his five frames.

Sanchez walked one and struck out four on the night. All of the damage against him came with two outs in the third inning, after Raul Mondesi reached safely on an error on a bunt attempt. It was a nice bounceback for the veteran hurler after he was knocked around by the Angels his last time out. He'll look to further improve upon a disappointing 5.70 ERA and 1.46 WHIP when he takes on the White Sox in Chicago on Wednesday.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 12:18:00 AM

Anibal Sanchez was ineffective in Sunday's loss to the Angels, surrendering five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Sanchez managed to hold the Angels off the scoreboard until the fifth, when Jefry Marte cracked a two-run home run to left-center. Three more runs would score in the sixth to finish off the fade. With the loss, the veteran right-hander's record dropped to 7-13. He will bring a 5.92 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into a road showdown with the Royals next time he takes the mound.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 05:19:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Sanchez yielded six hits, including a Brian Dozier home run, while not issuing a free pass and striking out two. It was the fourth time in his last five starts that Sanchez has registered a quality start, but he's just 2-1 in that span and 7-12 overall. Still, it's a good sign that he's beginning to find his form after much of the year has been hard on the 32-year-old. Sanchez will carry a 5.83 ERA into Sunday's start against the Angels.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning but settled for a no-decision against the Royals on Wednesday, hurling seven innings of shutout baseball while striking out eight and allowing just one base hit.

This was a flashback to years gone by. Sanchez has been awful this season but looked great tonight. He lowered his ERA from 6.31 to 5.94 with the gem. Eric Hosmer broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out double in the seventh inning. Unfortunately the Tigers' bullpen blew the lead and the game in the last two innings. They deprived Sanchez of a well-deserved win. He will try to continue his momentum with a good matchup against the Twins on Tuesday.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 10:31:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez was lit up for eight runs in four-plus innings Friday by the Rangers.

Sanchez survived a four-run first and a three-run third before the Tigers finally lifted him two batters into the fifth inning. He was coming off a pair of strong outings, though those came against the White Sox and Mets. This was a different level of competition tonight.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 02:08:00 AM

Anibal Sanchez was magnificent in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Mets, striking out 10 and allowing just one run over eight innings.

Despite the stellar performance, Sanchez did not receive a decision in the contest. He scattered four hits and did not walk a batter on the afternoon. The lone run to score on his watch came when Michael Conforto socked a solo homer off him in the seventh inning. He finished out his eight frames of work having thrown an even 100 pitches (70 strikes). While the veteran right-hander has just two double-digit strikeout efforts on the season, both have come in his last four starts (he struck out 10 Twins on July 19). Despite some recent nice efforts, Sanchez still holds a tough 5.88 ERA and 1.55 WHIP for the season as a whole. Up next on the docket, a road date with the Rangers.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez held the White Sox to one run over six innings in an 11-5 victory Tuesday.

He walked three and struck out just two, but five of the six hits Sanchez allowed were singles, allowing him to keep the White Sox at bay. The veteran right-hander has generally been a disaster this season with a 6.26 ERA, but he's at least been a little better the last three times out. He'll take on the Mets over the weekend.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez allowed four earned runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the White Sox.

Detroit wound up losing in the bottom of the ninth inning, with Bruce Rondon taking the loss. Sanchez got lit up for 10 hits, including an Adam Eaton three-run shot in the bottom of the second inning. The right-hander has a 6.56 ERA on the year and could be pushed out of the Detroit rotation before his next scheduled turn.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 06:09:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez will start against the White Sox on Sunday.

Sanchez has struggled mightily this season, but struck out 11 in his last outing and showed enough to earn another start. With Daniel Norris (oblique) currently out on a rehab assignment and nearing a return to the Tigers, this could well be Sanchez's last shot to impress in the rotation.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 07:52:00 PM

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C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
4Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
3Brett Pill
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Omar Infante
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Brendan Ryan
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
4Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Anibal Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Matt Boyd
7Sandy Baez
8Myles Jaye
9A.J. Achter
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Bruce Rondon
8Kyle Ryan
9Blaine Hardy
10Buck Farmer
11Chad Bell
12Daniel Stumpf
13Mike Pelfrey
14Edward Mujica