Twins Sign Former Tigers, Marlins Starter Anibal Sanchez

File photo of pitcher Anibal Sanchez Photo: AP/Paul Sancya
File photo of pitcher Anibal Sanchez

February 16, 2018 05:27 PM

The Minnesota Twins signed 34-year old righthanded pitcher Anibal Sanchez to a one-year, $2.5-million major league contract on Friday.

The signing was first reported by MLB Network's Jon Heyman, A source confirmed the signing to KSTP Sports.


The source tells KSTP Sports the contract is not guaranteed.  Sanchez must earn a roster spot for the contract to kick in.

Sanchez was 3-7 last season with the Detroit Tigers.  He started 17 games and appeared in 28 games, totaling 105.1 innings.

A native of Venezuela, Sanchez' ERA has climbed over the last five years from a league-leading 2.57 in 2013 up to 3.43 in 2014, 4.99 in 2015, 5.87 in 2016 and 6.41 last season.  He was 4th in Cy Young voting in 2013 after his 14-8 campaign in Detroit.

2018 will be Sanchez' 13th season in the bigs. He played the first six-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Marlins before moving to Detroit for the last five-and-a-half.

His career mark is 90-94 with a 4.09 ERA with 6 postseason starts - all in Detroit - including one start in the 2012 World Series.


Chris Long

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