Well, the results from our polls regarding Anibal Sanchez are in: Tigers fans (at least those who read MCB) would be willing to offer Anibal Sanchez only a 4-year deal (4.11 years, to be precise, but I have never seen a contract that would employ a player only through the season’s first 18 games) and would be willing to offer – on average – $11.8 million per season. That is a tad lower (in terms of annual value) than Sanchez’ crowdsourced contract from Fangraphs readers at the beginning of the free agent period, though that was based on the question “what do you think he’ll get” rather than “what would you be willing to give him”.
Oct 27, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning during game three of the 2012 World Series at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports
That seems remarkably close to the offer that Dombrowski is rumored to have (sort of) made to Sanchez’ agent of 4 years and $48 million. MCB readers – if we round that number of years down to 4 – would have offered $47.2 million over the same span. Rumor has it that Sanchez has multiple 5 year offers on the table in the $70 to $75 million range already, but is waiting until after Zack Greinke signs to see if somebody is willing to offer more. It would appear that Dave Dombrowski just does not consider Sanchez to be worth that price and would appear that MCB readers agree. I suppose, then, it’s time to get back to our annual tradition of hoping Rick Porcello puts it all together for once.