Sanchez, Tigers agree on 5-year con­tract

Yan­kees, Ichiro re­port­edly close to two-year con­tract.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Ani­bal sanchez’s deal is re­port­edly worth $80 mil­lion.

The Detroit Tigers have made an­other ma­jor move to help their quest to win a World Se­ries for the first time since 1984.

Right-handed pitcher Ani­bal Sanchez agreed to an $80 mil­lion, five-year con­tract with the Tigers, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day. The per­son, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, said Sanchez is sched­uled for a phys­i­cal Mon­day.

Sanchez was a part of Detroit’s four-man ro­ta­tion that led the fran­chise to World Se­ries this year. He had a 1.77 ERA in 20⅓ in­nings over three post­sea­son starts, but was 1-2 be­cause Detroit was shut out in each of his losses.

The Tigers ac­quired the 28-year-old Venezue­lan in July from Mi­ami. As a free agent he also was pur­sued by the Chicago Cubs.

Sanchez got off to a shaky start with the Tigers, but im­proved to­ward the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son and fin­ished 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA for Detroit. He is 48-51 with a 3.75 ERA since mak­ing his ma­jor league de­but with the Mar­lins in 2006.

Justin Ver­lan­der leads Detroit’s ro­ta­tion, which also in­cludes Max Scherzer, Doug Fis­ter and Sanchez. The Tigers pitched well in the play­offs, but their bats let the team down when San Fran­cisco swept them in the World Se­ries. Detroit was shut out twice, scored just three runs in the two other games and had the third-low­est bat­ting av­er­age in Se­ries his­tory at .159.

Detroit ad­dressed a need last month by sign­ing out­fielder Torii Hunter to a $26 mil­lion, two-year deal.

“Glad Ani­bal Sanchez back with the Tigers. Congrats Ani­bal. Now lets go get that ring,” Hunter tweeted.

Car­di­nals: Free agent in­fielder Ty Wig­gin­ton and St. Louis have agreed to a $5 mil­lion, two-year con­tract. Gen­eral man­ager John Mozeliak said the 35year-old Wig­gin­ton, who has hit 15 or more homers six times dur­ing 11 big league sea­sons, gives the Car­di­nals a right-handed bat “with punch.”

Yan­kees: Ichiro Suzuki and New York closed in Fri­day on a $13 mil­lion, two-year con­tract, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions. The sides still had to fi­nal­ize lan­guage and the deal will be sub­ject to a phys­i­cal, the per­son said. Suzuki, 39, will get $6.5 mil­lion a year.

■ Kevin Youk­ilis and the Yan­kees have fi­nal­ized their $12 mil­lion, one-year con­tract, giv­ing New York a third base­man for the first half of next sea­son while Alex Rodriguez re­cov­ers from hip surgery. The deal with the three-time All-Star had been agreed to Tues­day, pend­ing a phys­i­cal, and the Yan­kees an­nounced it Fri­day.

■ The Yan­kees have been hit with an $18.9 mil­lion lux­ury tax by Ma­jor League Base­ball, the 10th con­sec­u­tive year they will pay a penalty for their spend­ing.

The Yan­kees fin­ished with a $222.5 mil­lion pay­roll for pur­poses of the tax, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press. No other team was pe­nal­ized.

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