Report: Cubs Agree to Terms on a Five-Year Contract with Anibal Sanchez

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have agreed to terms on a five-year, $75 million contract with Anibal Sanchez.

Ken Rosenthal reported that the Cubs were in serious discussions with Sanchez just prior to reports stating the deal was done. According to Bob Nightengale, the Cubs are still working out the details and Sanchez still has to pass a physical.

UpdateAccording to Jon Heyman, Sanchez’s agent is still talking to other teams. Gene Mato is telling Heyman that the deal is not done and other teams are in the mix.

Updated 5:10pm CSTJon Heyman and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting that Sanchez and the Cubs deal is not done … Stay Tuned.

Updated 5:26pm CSTFrom David Kaplan – After talking w/some very good sources it appears Cubs deal with Sanchez is not yet done. Tigers still in play but Cubs trying to finalize. Cubs told another agent for a free agent pitcher they were down the road with Sanchez and would call if they lost out. Agent hasn’t heard back.

Updated 10:46pm CSTAccording to Bob Nightengale, there will be no decision tonight by Sanchez, as talks with Cubs and Tigers continue in morning.

Anibal Sanchez was a combined 9-13 in 31 starts for the Marlins and Tigers last season. Sanchez took a step forward in his development during his time with the Tigers at the end of the season. The 28-year old right-hander (February 27, 1984) posted a 3.86 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP last season.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nothing is done … see Heyman’s update

    • MikeT_2008

      After Dempster to Atlanta I said I’d never jump the gun again. Said same thing with Marmol/Haren. Man I just can’t help myself, but thats life as a Cubs fan

      • calicub

        third times the charm maybe?

        • MikeT_2008

          I hope, they’ve gotta be right on one of these. Always seems odd that like 3-4 guys say it’s done then it falls through. Either people jumping the gun or are just wrong

  • cubs1967

    wow…..five minutes of fun……does anyteam go thru this??……..really……Fred McGriff??………..

  • paulcatanese

    If this gets done, great news, hold you’re breath. But for five years? Isn’t that against policy? Either way, one year,five, just get someone that is pretty solid in the system.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Matt Garza: I’ve heard it’s done and I’ve also hearing its not.. Yes from credible no from not so credible…

    • Dorasaga

      Gotta love tweety; too good to be true?

      • Brp921

        I guess we can believe it when it happens, but if it’s true it’s a great move. Now let’s get Jackson to round out the rotation and Swisher to play right and go out and win the division!

  • Ripsnorter1

    That’s doing it!

    Now get another starter, and the Cubs could actually be competitive even with this inferior lineup. And don’t get rid of Soriano without getting an equal bat in his place. And find somebody to play 3B that can actually hit.

  • Aaron

    The report came from Nightengale originally….Wasn’t he the one that first broke the supposed Marmol deal? I thought he also had a hand in the Dempster to the Braves deal. Levine had his hands in those as well.

    Neil, was it you, or someone over at the TCR that once said Nightengale is totally unreliable?

    Anyway, this just makes the Cubs look foolish. Either his agent(s) are trying to squeeze every last penny out of the Tigers, or this is very irresponsible reporting by the MSM

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I’m not a big fan of his, questionable at best. Bowden and Kaplan confirmed, makes you wonder.

      • Aaron

        Bowden and Kaplan are even less reliable in my opinion. Have you noticed how Kaplan has largely kept his mouth shut regarding Cubs moves recently?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          From Nightengale: Cubs, who thought they had a deal with Sanchez, are still waiting. Tigers are indeed being given last chance to match.

          • Aaron

            Just a hunch, but I imagine the other pitcher the Cubs have an offer out to is Liriano…..just a hunch, and since I’m reading the Tigers matched, I would guess they pull out, and go with Liriano

          • SuzyS

            It makes sense, Aaron…that was the first FA pitcher we heard the Cubs had an offer out to…I could live with that…5 years for Sanchez is one year too much….But a premium the Cubs will have to overpay a GOOD FA to join a losing team.

    • BosephHeyden

      Nightengale was one of Dusty’s buddies. He wasn’t particularly good with his reports before, but since Dusty was “let go” here, it seems like he’s got a lot more “too good to be true because they aren’t” Cubs-related news bits. The only times I can recall him being right is usually on stuff everyone else already covered.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated 5:26pm CDT – From David Kaplan – After talking w/some very good sources it appears Cubs deal with Sanchez is not yet done. Tigers still in play but Cubs trying to finalize. Cubs told another agent for a free agent pitcher they were down the road with Sanchez and would call if they lost out. Agent hasn’t heard back.

  • calicub

    Now. Do the Tigers match it?

    5/75 was his asking price was it not?

  • Ray Ray

    Is Jim Hendry back? Yes!

    • calicub

      Never thought I’d see that sentence…

    • SuzyS

      As a fan, we really do not know what the reality is here. But if Sanchez’s agent shook on a deal…or indicated that we had a deal AND THEN takes it to the Tigers to match…or beat….Then I just take my offer OFF the table…and move to the next pitcher.He’s a good pitcher…not a great one.

      It’s far too important in negotiating to have a walk away policy…..

      On the other hand, IF the Cubs have the offer on the table and the agent hasn’t indicated a deal is in hand…then OK…all cards aren’t on the table yet.

      We’ll never know….BUT if it is as it seems…then I just take my offer and walk away….as a point of how I do business….for the next go round with a FA.

      • SuzyS

        Ok, so who is the #2 guy the Cubs are going after? Marcum…the guy that wants to play for a contender???

        • Aaron

          I posted this slightly earlier…I believe its Liriano

      • paulcatanese

        I like you’re style Suzy, and agree 100%.

        • SuzyS

          Thanks, Paul

          • Aaron

            depressing all around, isn’t it? Twitter is one of the worst things to happen to sports in all honesty. Players pay attention to it, and feed rumors. Agents play into it. Fans do. Management….as well as owners. So…..a LOT of misinformation. Usually where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and that’s good for blogs, etc., but terrible for fans looking for accurate information about their team.

            First it was Dempster for Delgado…then it wasn’t….then Dempster was thinking about it, then he was staying

            Then it was Marmol for Haren…then it wasn’t….then it was….then it was called off due to medicals

            Then it was Soriano for D. Brown…then it wasn’t….then it was “still being considered”

            Then it was Sanchez signing with the Cubs….then it wasn’t….then it was….now he’s going back to the Tigers..

            WOW. In the old days, you didn’t hear about deals until they were done

          • SuzyS

            I agree in part. It’s agonizing for us to wait for an announcement after someone has jumped the gun.

            On another level…it gives me a better respect for the current Cubs management in seeing the deals they go after…even if not completed. It can be argued both ways….as both competence or incompetence…but it still beats JH going out to dinner with Milton Bradley and shaking hands on a ridiculous deal.

            We’ll never know the deals that JH DID NOT make…that he tried to do….Twitter does make the management direction much more transparent.

            (By the way, I don’t like or use twitter in my personal life….so I’m really not advocating for it…just stating an advantage.).

          • Dorasaga

            Here’s a hunch test. Let’s just answer it for fun. Don’t read anything fangraphs just wrote yet, ‘cuz that writer saw these two (and Matt Garza) as equal:

            Greinke for 6 years and $24M+ or Anibal for 5 years and $16M?

            Second question:

            How much, as a market rate, would the Cubs pay, if they extended Matt?

          • daverj

            Well said. Though in all fairness, unlike the others you mentioned, there were not reports that the Soriano/Brown deal was done. It seems to me that this happens to the Cubs more than other teams (at least in the last 6 months). Is it bad luck? … or is something else going on?

          • Tony_Hall

            You notice it happening to the Cubs more, because you (like all of us) jump at every mention of a deal. If this was another team, you would not think much of it until confirmed. Everyone wants to be the one to break the deal, that so many jump the gun.

          • John_CC

            Completey agree, Aaron. I hate Twitter. I’ve never used it and hopefully will never have a reason to.

          • Rational Logic

            I agree. It’s tough to swallow, but nothing is a certainty in sports.

      • J Daniel

        Suzy, you are 100% CORRECT!!!! We never know what goes on behind closed doors but IF they had an agreement then take it off! I wish both teams would – wish the Cubs took the offer off and the Tigers said thanks but no thanks!

        Problem is the owners can’t help themselves. I guess it is the world we live in.

  • Ray Ray

    What about Garza? I hope they extend him too. I would rather have Garza at 5 for $75 if I had to choose between Sanchez or Garza. Hopefully they can do both!

    • Tony_Hall

      Ray – Now here is something we can agree on. I have been calling for them to extend Garza since the day they traded all the prospects for him. To me, the only way trading prospects for Garza makes any sense (knowing they weren’t going to be competitive through his controlled years) was if they extended him to keep him around and make him a part of the rotation.

      Garza, Sanchez are similar type pitchers, stack an ace like Price on top and get Samardzija to take the next step and we have a very solid rotation.

      • Aaron

        I think I’d rather have Liriano anyway. Sanchez has far greater consistency, but Liriano has a higher ceiling of the two. Sanchez also has dealt with shoulder issues (same for Liriano), but is righty (stand 5’11″), and Liriano is lefty (stands 6’2″), giving him the leg up. The main difference is that Sanchez doesn’t walk nearly as many as Liriano does 3.3 BB/9 and 7.6 K/9 versus 3.8 BB/9 and 9.1 K/9, though in the last few years, Sanchez has improved his numbers to under 3 walks per 9, while Liriano has gone in reverse to about 5 walks per 9.

        Liriano can’t command anywhere near 5/$75mm, so I think a 2-3 yr deal for $30mm seems about right for him, making him much more attractive to teams in deadline deals as well

        • Tony_Hall

          I think controlling the strike zone is very important to the FO, and they will lean that way when deciding between two players.

          • Aaron

            Yes, which is why they went after Sanchez hard….but it’s also NOT the right move at this point in time. I’d much rather wait until next offseason when guys like Lincecum, Hughes, J. Johnson, Carpenter (though he’ll be 39), Volquez, etc. will be available. At that point, they’ll have a better idea of when they’ll be in contention

          • Tony_Hall

            May be available next off season.

            Most likely only 1 or 2 will make it to FA and probably not the ones we really want. If Sanchez happens, add in real ACE and this rotation will be set for a few years, until the young guys start to push these guys out.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Any scenario where we could trade for Trumbo to play 3rd? He’d placate the people that crave a few extra wins for a bad team, but is young and could be part of the championships that will start being a reality in a few years.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      I’m getting really frustrated with these deals being reported and then having to wring our hands to see if it actually goes through. (Not a dig on Neil for reporting what is being reported btw). It just would be nice if you could trust some of these “reporters” leaking trades.

      • Tony_Hall

        Honestly, until the team or the free agent player announces or confirms a deal, the rest are just getting leaked information, that is not a sure thing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

          Yeah I know Tony, I don’t consider anything done until it is official anymore. Just frustrating, its the same feeling I get when they bring Marmol into close…until 3 outs are in the books, I’m reaching for the Mylanta. :)

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          According to Bob Nightengale, there will be no decision tonight by Sanchez, as talks with Cubs and Tigers continue in morning.

    • Dorasaga

      I would wait until Trumbo falls to earth and becomes an unfavorite to Scioscia’s defense-first system. He’s too hot right now, but he’s more like a 310 obp-25 dinger kind without much glove at the infield; even Soriano could do better back in 2006. Risky player.

      *ps. after a quick look at his defensive numbers, I’m seeing less out of Trumbo. He was really brutal at RF. Seemed like a mediocre LF, which FYI, is the easiest position to field even at Angel’s field. No way any management will move him back 3B as a regular.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Trumbo can’t play 3B any better than Josh Vitters, which is to say, not good enough to play MLB.

  • Aaron

    Now that I think of it….I wouldn’t put it past the new regime to be leaking things. Follow me on this one….

    They’re planning on a long, extensive, rebuild. Ticket sales and attendance dropped last year. They finished with the second worst record in the league last year. They want to keep fan interest up, and to do so, they need to leak information about what they’re working on. Maybe not….but it’s interesting to think about. Please note, I am NOT saying they’re definitely doing so, just hypothesizing.

    I think fans have been underwhelmed by the signings of Baker, Feldman, Fujikawa, Schierholtz, Lim, and lesser knowns like Guitterez, Rosario, etc., and management/ownership knows this, so by leaking information about Marmol, Soriano, and now Sanchez, they’re drumming up interest, giving the impression to fans that they’re actually trying this year (they’re not)….Remember the recent article about Boras telling the Nationals to lose for a few years? I don’t believe for a second that Team Theo hasn’t thought about doing just that to improve draft position, etc.

    That’s my 2 cents anyway…not saying it’s accurate

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      It is a cyncial theory but it is possible. I hope not of course, that would be unfortunate.

    • DWalker

      I have had that thought too. Adding another good pitcher though makes sense either way though no matter what scenario you look at with Garza. Last year, the one bright spot was the way better then expected pitching as long as people were healthy.

      Certainly though, no team can be seen sitting idle, and Theo does like a bit of the spot light. These failed moves all make it look like they are trying to make some major moves, but its not their fault it keeps falling through. That said, the absolute last place theo wants the club to be in is the middle of the standings. That wonderful sweet spot where fans don’t care and the draft pick is out of the top picks. Even with a hot rotation, theres plenty of ways to make sure the cubs get a top 3 pick.

    • SuzyS

      Aaron, it’s possible…but all along I’ve thought the Cubs had to have one solid signing to throw a bone to the faithful….and keep SOME fans coming to Wrigley.

      In my lifetime, I remember YEARS of closed-off upper decks and a “crowd” of 300-500 in the bleachers.

      Walk-up day-of-game tickets??? No problem.

      The Cubs are always going to have the out-of-town tourist crowd to experience Wrigley…and their team…ie the Brewers/Cards/Sox fans etc.

      I’ve already made plans with ex season ticket holders (Wrigley) to attend several Kane County games to get our Cubs “fix” in a more positive fashion for the 2013 season.

      So how do the Cubs “drum up business” as we say???
      Considering the team they are about to put on the field….I have no clue.

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    cool!

  • cubs1967

    YESSSSSSSS……….it’s about time…….perhaps the voice of the fan is heard at clark and addison.

  • MikeT_2008

    You know the rotation has the potential to be above average, nothing great but better than the warm bodies they had late last year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated 5:10pm CDT – Jon Heyman and Jon Paul Morosi are
    reporting that Sanchez and the Cubs deal is not done … Stay Tuned.

  • SuzyS

    Cubs1967…your post put a huge smile on my face…I knew there was a Cubs fan in there somewhere!!!! (Regardless of how this turns out).

  • gocubs

    They are rebuilding an organization from the ground up. What are you talking about “heard the voice of the fans?” Are you 12 years old?

  • cubs1967

    dude-really…….??…….what is your post about?…….you know how many fans dispise this losing on purpose?…….it’s called tongue in cheek!

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Its not “losing on purpose.” You act like theyre throwing games. It’s called a long term plan. Do you really think the master plan is to lose as much as possible and run the franchise into the ground? That they sulk in the corner when we eke out a win? They want to win but won’t mortgage the future just to win a few more games now.