Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has been excellent lately. If he keeps thriving and Detroit sells, the team could net a solid return. The Tigers could also benefit as contenders with Sanchez starting.
Detroit Tigers fans have seen a resurgent Anibal Sanchez as of late.
The veteran has returned from the minors looking like remarkably like the hurler who won the ERA crown in 2013.
Entering Thursday, Sanchez had struck out 14 batters in 17.1 spread over three starts. The starter also allowed just six earned runs, four walks and a home run.
That was before Thursday. On Thursday, Sanchez scattered five hits and two runs across six innings against the San Francisco Giants, striking out eight in the process.
What’s more, he didn’t walk a single batter.
That brings Sanchez’ ERA to 3.12 ERA since returning to the Major Leagues.
Now, his contract, which previously looked unmovable, now could be a potential trade chip.
This is all speculative mind you, but a team may be more likely to take a gamble on someone with Sanchez’ recent numbers even though he’s making $16 million this year (per Spotrac).
Dealing the hurler would certainly help from a financial standpoint for Detroit.
Adding Sanchez’ $16 million salary to that mix would represent a quick turnaround for a Tigers franchise looking to shed salary.
The Tigers do have Matt Boyd, he of 2.48 ERA in 36.1 Triple-A innings, waiting in Toledo as an extra starting option.
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Staying in contention
Should the Tigers stay in contention, the team could very well keep Sanchez and utilize him as a rotation piece down the stretch.
Having Boyd around in Toledo gives the team plenty of flexibility with Sanchez. Additionally, the team could very well use both hurlers in the rotation moving forward.
Whichever way the Detroit Tigers season ends up going, whether it be contenders or sellers, the team is in an excellent position with a resurgent Anibal Sanchez.