Sanchez was asked about returning to the Tigers next season and said he's “open for anybody” but wouldn't comment further. General manager Dave Dombrowski has stressed that bringing back Sanchez was going to be one of his main focuses this offseason. In 74 2/3 innings with the team after being acquired from Miami, Sanchez had a 3.74 ERA and a 3.68 FIP. He also pitched extremely well during the Tigers' World Series run, with a 1.77 ERA during the postseason.
The 28-year-old Sanchez should garner a lot of interest on the market. After battling injuries early in his career, he is coming off three seasons with at least 195 innings pitched. His 12.0 WAR rates him as the 16th-best pitcher in baseball over that period. Behind Zack Greinke, he's the second-best pitcher on the market according to WAR.
Sanchez joins Edwin Jackson, Kyle Lohse and Ryan Dempster in the second tier of pitchers available this offseason. All five players, including Greinke, officially became free agents on Monday. They'll have a five-day period to exclusively negotiate with their former teams and will be eligible to talk to other clubs at 12:01 a.m. ET on Saturday. A total of 137 players were announced as free agents by the MLB Players Association.
For a complete list of all 137 free agents, go here.
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