Anibal Sanchez Wants Six-Year, $90MM Contract

Anibal Sanchez is looking for a six-year contract worth around $90MM, reports FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi.  It's a large price tag but it's certainly a realistic one for the 28-year-old given the number of teams interested in his services this winter, especially since those suitors include big-market teams like the Tigers, Dodgers, Red Sox and Blue Jays.

Morosi compares the $15MM average annual value of Sanchez's demand to that of C.J. Wilson, who signed a five-year, $77.5MM contract with the Angels last offseason.  It's possible that a team could match Wilson's contract in guaranteed money for Sanchez over five years and then make that sixth year either a team option or a vesting option.

Then again, the presence of the free-spending Dodgers in the mix could be the X-factor.  Sanchez and Hiroki Kuroda are the Dodgers' top pitching targets on the free agent market, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.  L.A. has shown no hesitation to make big salary commitments under their new ownership group, so it's very possible they could freeze out other teams by guaranteeing a sixth year to Sanchez. 

MLBTR's Tim Dierkes ranked Sanchez as the fourth-best overall free agent on the market this winter, and the second-best pitcher, behind No. 1 choice Zack Greinke


48 Responses to Anibal Sanchez Wants Six-Year, $90MM Contract Leave a Reply

  1. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    Welcome to the Los Angeles Dodgers!

  2. LazerTown 3 years ago

    Bit steep in my opinion. Good pitcher, but he has never really shown to be the #1/#2 that this suggests. He may get that kind of money, but not over 6 years.

    • jwsox 3 years ago

      I think it’s the other way around he might get the years but in no way shape or form the money

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        Probably 1 or the other, and typically it only seems like your ace or strong #2 are able to get 6 years. I think his injury history, while not recent, will definetely deter teams.

  3. rovert22044 3 years ago

    Good luck with that LOL

  4. thegrayrace 3 years ago

    These articles are always amusing. If I were a major league player, I’d “want” a 20-year, $100 billion dollar contract. It has absolutely zero affect on what teams are willing to offer.

    • BlueSkyLA
      BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      Especially for a pitcher who is good, but hardly great. I don’t think I’d want him around for six years.

      • thegrayrace 3 years ago

        If he cut the contract length in half at $45m/3 years, it might be reasonable. Maybe $56m for a 4 year deal. He’s deserves a bit more than what Ted Lilly got, but not that much more.

        • BlueSkyLA
          BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

          You’ve probably heard me say this before, but I will let the people who write the checks decide how much he is worth. I just think that six years is too much of a commitment for someone who does not have a great deal of long-term value.

          • thegrayrace 3 years ago

            Obviously a player’s market value is determined by what teams are willing to pay for his services. Any time I give an opinion on a player’s value, it could be prefaced with “if I were GM…”

          • BlueSkyLA
            BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

            I get it. You are one of the few people on these boards who don’t seem to think that they know everything there is to know about player values. Setting aside the dollars for a moment, with Sanchez my concern is with six years for someone who is likely to be a middle-rotation pitcher. If he’s a legit ace, then maybe it’s worth taking the risk, but pitchers like Sanchez come along all the time. I figure, why plug up a roster slot for six years with a pitcher like Sanchez, no matter how much he’s paid?

  5. Billy Boy 3 years ago

    Want doesn’t get.

  6. HARRISON ROSE 3 years ago

    I’ve always hated when an average to above average pitcher does well down the stretch and in the post season ONCE…. and suddenly is seen as a top tier pitcher. This guy is a #3 starter on most teams. He’s a $12 MM a year pitcher at best. 5 years/$60 MM seems logical to me.

    • erm016 3 years ago

      I think 12mil is overpaid for him.

      • Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

        Has had a 200 strikeout season before and his ERA is usually under 4.00

        • erm016 3 years ago

          Are you trying to make a case for him getting $12mil? Big deal. ERA under 4 isn’t great.

          • Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

            200 Strikeouts a season is usually worth giving of a 10M contract in any organizations book. W/L record doesn’t go into factor how much this guy’s worth when he played on a shit Marlins team his entire career.

            He will get around 12M, I doubt every team contacting his agent is going to offer the exact same amount. Free Agency is a bidding war.

  7. More ridiculous than what Hamilton wants.

    • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

      The most ridiculous one so far has to be Guthrie asking for 3/$34m

  8. optionn 3 years ago

    Too low of an AAV, but 6 years is about right.

  9. tim2nyy 3 years ago

    We all want things.

  10. Invaderbro 3 years ago

    I thought he was much better, just saw his ERA over the years and its always been close to four. hes a #3 pitcher for sure. Hopefully the Dodgers dont give him that money and we go after Greinke

    • Freeze92 3 years ago

      the dodgers want both

    • BlueSkyLA
      BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      I don’t worry about the money. The Dodgers obviously have very deep pockets. I worry about giving six years at any price to pitcher who is hardly outstanding. Middle and bottom of rotation pitchers are falling out of the trees. No need to lock one up for six years. If he regresses at all you end up with a 4/5 position starter as a permanent fixture, kind of like Barry Zito.

  11. EightMileCats 3 years ago

    If I’m DD… and he ask for that. I tell him to enjoy being a FA and come on back when he’s thinking a bit more realistically. I’d give him 4/52, but that’d be my top end for a pitcher with his track record.

  12. LukeNalooshe 3 years ago

    Set your demands high and see who bites. seems like a typical negotiating tactic. Can’t blame him for asking that much. Players work hard to get to free agency.

  13. J 3 years ago

    Big market Blue Jays? Oh, if only Rogers weren’t so freaking cheap..

  14. BlueBirds 3 years ago

    He’ll get 4/60, he’s the 2nd best pitcher in the FA market, it is what it is.

  15. tigersfan27 3 years ago

    6 years is way too much of an investment… 3 years would be great. if he wants that high of a number, then the newly rich magic johnson owned dodgers will end up overypaying for him. in that case, the tigers still need to find a dependable # 4 starting pitcher, because i don’t think Smyly is ready for a full season of starting. He’s shown potential tho.

  16. dc21892 3 years ago

    Oh Boston. Please don’t.

  17. Austin 3 years ago

    I still don’t see why teams are so interested in paying this guy big bucks or why he is ranked so high. He has more losses than wins and his ERA is always in the high 3’s. I wouldn’t pay more than 10 million a year, if that.

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      He played for a Marlins team that didn’t help his cause too much. Wins are merely the go to factor in deciding a pitchers ability.

      • Austin 3 years ago

        But they do affect the amount of $$$ he gets

        • Z.... 3 years ago

          put it this way. Anibal Sanchez had the lowest run support in the NL when the Marlins traded him. He finished the season either 2nd or 3rd and he didnt even pitch in the NL from the middle of July until the end of the year

  18. diesel2410 3 years ago

    We all want things, you know…

  19. Totes_McGoats 3 years ago

    Someone help me out…what is a vesting option?

    • Freeze92 3 years ago

      it is an option that is put in effect when a player reaches a certain stat. Such as 200 innings or 500 ABs. The option depends on the players performance, so it is a safety net for the team

  20. bobbleheadguru 3 years ago

    Sanchez is worth $15M/ .. .but not for 6 years.

    I wonder if Porcello can outpitch Sanchez in the next 4 years. Porcello has a career WAR of 9.7. How many 23 year old pitchers have accomplished that? It is reasonable to think that he might breakout and do better than Sanchez while he is 24-27… 5 years younger than Sanchez.

    Better for Tigers to put all their efforts into extending Verlander and maybe Cabrera too… then get Hunter (or Victorino). They can always trade for a starter again mid-season (just like they did for Fister, then Sanchez… the last 2 years). AL Central gives them the luxury of just being patient.

  21. Bob Bunker 3 years ago

    i would do 6 years at 13 million a year. or 5 years at 14 million a year. sanchez is in his prime, has thrown about 200 innings the last 3 years while having an era around 3.7. He has been worth about 3 WAR a year. Not an ace but a pretty good pitcher. Considering that its usually considered 4-5 million a war i think between 13-15 million a year is reasonable for him to ask for.

  22. TheBigNice 3 years ago

    Man, the Detroit stint is really going to make him a ton on money.

  23. Thomas Wilson 3 years ago

    if Guthrie is asking 3/32 then Sanchez is a bargain at 6/90

  24. MiltonMan 3 years ago

    Let’s see- a young, competitive #2 arm with— playoff experience, good health record and durability. Fairly minimal risk, by all accounts. Prediction? The “dirt-poor” Blue Jays will approach Sanchez’ agent, hat in hand, hoping that they might take pity on them– and accept their meager (but COMPETITIVE!!) offer of 4 years/$40 million……then say they ‘tried’. No new rotation arms, no 2B, no vision for competing in the AL Ea$$t. Rogers Corp. saw an increase of 15% in attendance this year, for that bag of crap (Vizquel? Johnson? Really?) they fielded.That means a 14.99% payroll increase as a result…..I’d rather drive to Buffalo and watch all of AA’s recent signings, for about 1/5 the price. The Triple-A team here isn’t worth watching.

  25. optionn 3 years ago

    If a worthless bum like CJ Wilson received it- then Anibal Sanchez can get it. Wilson had only 2 years of starting experience He should ask for higher AAV though, maybe try to get Carlos Zambrano money.

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