After the flurry of activity surrounding Anibal Sanchez and the “he is/might not be/definitely isn’t” news, nothing else has appeared on the radar for the Cubs. But the dust settled on the Sanchez situation and we were given more clarity about what happened in the Sanchez negotiations.
Epstein had made his way to Miami to negotiate with pitcher Anibal Sanchez and his agent Gene Mato.
Although initial reports had Sanchez accepting a 5-year, $75 million contract with the Cubs, the agent and the player were able to up the ante with Detroit, agreeing to a 5-year, $80 million deal to return to the Tigers.
According to sources, Epstein and team chairman Tom Ricketts made an impressive presentation to Sanchez, promising that as a Cub he would be the ace of the staff and treated like royalty, compared to being the fourth starter on the American League champion Tigers. Sanchez, who was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox as a free agent, was impressed and ready to take the plunge, according to a source.
The Tigers’ original offer of four years, $48 million was pushed to a final offer of 5 years, $80 million, the source said.
At that point, Sanchez turned down the Cubs’ offer of $77.5 million, and the 28-year-old pitcher returned to Detroit.
So, with the help of the Cubs, Sanchez and his agent made out like bandits. Good for them. At least we won’t have to cringe quite as much every time Tim McCarver calls him “Annabelle”.