Tigers invest $80 million in RHP Anibal Sanchez

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“Once he settled in and got a chance to get settled, he was one of the best pitchers in the league,” Dombrowski said.

Sanchez is 48-51 with a 3.75 ERA since making his major league debut with the Marlins in 2006. He was 9-13 last year and 8-9 the previous year following a career-best, 13-win season in 2010.

While those numbers aren’t impressive, the digits on his contract are because he’s on the right side of supply-and-demand economics in baseball.

The Tigers didn’t really want to offer Sanchez as long of a contract as he signed, but had to do so in order to keep him around.

“Pitching is a risky business,” Dombrowski said. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s just the way it is.”

What’s also a reality is righty Rick Porcello might get traded any day because he could be deemed expendable with lefty Drew Smyly seemingly situated well to be the team’s fifth starter.

Dombrowski said he’s in trade talks with “numerous” clubs because they know the Tigers have six starters and are willing to deal one of them for the right price, perhaps a right-handed hitter to platoon with left-handed hitting outfielder Andy Dirks.

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