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Anibal Sanchez | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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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Braves signed RHP Anibal Sanchez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Sanchez, 34, was released by the Twins last week, and reports indicated that he was close to joining a new club on Wednesday. We now know that new club is the Braves. The former Tiger starter was once a quality fantasy option, but he no longer misses bats, and was crushed to the tune of a 6.41 ERA over 105 1/3 innings for Detroit in 2017. He offers zero fantasy value for the 2018 campaign even if he does make the back of the Atlanta rotation. Mar 16 - 11:21 AM

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According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, veteran right-hander Anibal Sanchez is close to signing with a new team.

Sanchez was released by the Twins soon after they signed Lance Lynn to a one-year, $12 million free agent contract. The 34-year-old had allowed six earned runs over just four innings this spring in Grapefruit League play and he posted a rough 6.41 ERA over 105 1/3 innings (17 starts, 11 relief appearances) with the Tigers in 2017.
Mar 14 - 3:54 PM

Twins released RHP Anibal Sanchez.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Lance Lynn. Sanchez signed a $2.5 million major league contract last month, but the deal wasn't guaranteed and with Lynn now aboard the Twins have moved on. He'll receive $417,000 in termination pay. The veteran starter will likely have to settle for a minor league contract wherever he winds up.
Mar 11 - 9:15 AM

Twins signed RHP Anibal Sanchez to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

While Sanchez has been added to the 40-man roster,'s Rhett Bollinger hears that the deal isn't fully guaranteed and that the veteran right-hander will have to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. He is, in effect, being brought in to fill the innings lost by Ervin Santana (finger), who will likely miss at least the first month of the season. Sanchez posted an ugly 6.41 ERA last season with the Tigers.
Feb 18 - 10:10 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins have agreed to terms with Anibal Sanchez on a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The veteran right-hander has the opportunity to earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN was first to report that the two sides were talking. It's a bit surprising given how this market has gone that Sanchez got a major league contract, but's Rhett Bollinger hears that the deal isn't fully guaranteed. Sanchez had a rough go of it the last three years in Detroit, posting a 5.67 ERA. That includes a 6.41 ERA last season. Given the state of the Twins' rotation, the soon-to-be 34-year-old should have a good shot to break camp as one of the starting five.
Feb 16 - 5:34 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins have some interest in Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez surely isn't a primary target, but Minnesota could be looking for a pair of starters following Ervin Santana's finger surgery. Slated to turn 34 later this month, Sanchez has posted a 5.67 ERA over the last three seasons, including an ugly 6.41 mark in 2017 when he spent some time in the minors. The Twins could probably get him on a minor league contract.
Feb 16 - 4:29 PM

Tigers declined RHP Anibal Sanchez's $16 million club option for 2018.

Sanchez will get a $5 million buyout and hit the free agent market. He posted an ugly 6.41 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 105 1/3 innings (17 starts, 11 relief appearances) this season with the rebuilding Tigers. The veteran right-hander turns 34 years old in February.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 02:53:00 PM

Tigers manager Al Avila said Friday that the team will decline Anibal Sanchez's $16 million option for 2018.

The decision was a mere formality, of course. Sanchez had a nice 104/29 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings this season, but he posted a 6.41 ERA and has put up a 5.67 mark across the last three campaigns. Slated to turn 34 in February, Sanchez will probably have a tough time finding a guaranteed rotation spot in 2018.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 01:58:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez allowed three runs on seven hits over his five innings in a losing effort against the Twins in Sunday's season finale.

The veteran right-hander struck out six and walked two on the afternoon. Most of the damage against him came on a two-run double by Joe Mauer in the first inning. Sanchez finishes the season with a cringe-inducing 6.41 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 104/29 K/BB ratio in his 105 1/3 innings.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:38:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez pitched six innings of two-run ball in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

Sanchez has turned in three straight quality starts, striking out 25 in 18 innings during the run. Of course, all three of those starts were against subpar offenses, but Sanchez will certainly take it. He's lowered his ERA from 7.43 to 6.46 during the stretch.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:42:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez took a tough-luck loss Wednesday versus the Athletics after striking out eight batters over six innings of one-run ball.

Sanchez gave up back-to-back doubles to lead off the top of the third inning, but Oakland managed only one run in that frame and the 33-year-old right-hander was otherwise sharp in the afternoon outing against the A's. Sanchez is sporting a strikeout rate reminiscent of his peak years, though he still owns a brutal 6.68 season ERA.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 04:29:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez punched out 11 batters and allowed just one run in six frames but didn't get the decision as his club won 3-2 over the White Sox on Friday.

He gave up six hits and a walk with the only damage coming on a solo homer by Yoan Moncada. Sanchez was dominant tonight and didn't look like the same guy who has been beaten up all summer long. It was the first double-figure strikeout game he's had all year. It was the second time all year he has given up less than two runs in a start (in the first one he was hit by a line drive and didn't make it through the first inning). Tonight his ERA improved to 7.03 with a 1.64 ERA in 24 games (13 starts).
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 11:47:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez gave up 12 hits and seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to Toronto on Sunday.

The good news is Sanchez's calf felt well enough for start. The bad news for Tiger fans is that it's still Anibal Sanchez. What was once one of the better starting pitchers in baseball now possesses a 7.43 ERA for the woeful Tigers. He's scheduled to make his next start Friday against the White Sox.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 04:24:00 PM

Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus said Friday that Anibal Sanchez (calf) will start on Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Sanchez was lifted from Tuesday's start in the first inning after being drilled by a batted ball. He has recovered quickly though and will be able to take the hill for his regular scheduled turn on Sunday.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 12:09:00 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Anibal Sanchez (calf) has recovered from the injury suffered on Tuesday.

Sanchez went down in immediate pain after he took a liner to the calf in the first inning of Tuesday's outing against the Royals. Subsequent X-rays returned negative. The veteran right-hander is in line to toe the rubber against the Blue Jays this weekend so long as he does not suffer a setback over the next few days.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 04:22:00 PM

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