It seems the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs are dueling for the services of free agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez. "USA Today" and the Associated Press report the 28-year old right-hander came close to signing a five-year, 75-million-dollar contract with the Cubs, but Detroit asked for a chance to make an offer and Sanchez agreed.
Sanchez went 9-and-13 with a 3.86 ERA in 31 starts combined with the Tigers and Miami Marlins last season and then went 1-and-2 with a 1.77 ERA in three postseason starts for Detroit.
Meanwhile, The Tigers and the rest of the American League will continue to have to go up against one of the game’s top sluggers.
Speculation had it that former AL MVP Josh Hamilton might be headed for the National League and the Dodgers. Hamilton is moving to the west coast but it’s to play for the Los Angeles Angels. The free-agent outfielder has reportedly agreed to a 5-year, 125-million contract with the Halos.
The 31-year old Hamilton had been considered the number one available bat in this year's free-agent class. He hit .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBI’s this past season with the Texas Rangers. He joins fellow slugger Albert Pujols, who signed a 10-year deal with the Angels last winter.