It has been a slow off-season for Chicago Cubs fans but things have just picked. The team has bolstered their starting rotation by inking free agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez to a five year deal with 75 million dollars.
Breaking: The Chicago #Cubs have just signed Anibal Sanchez.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 13, 2012
I really can’t express how great of a deal this is. Sanchez has very good numbers and getting him at 15 million a year is a very good deal. I mean, James Shields and Zack Greinke have similar numbers and they cost a heck of a lot more than Sanchez. Although he may not be a true number one, he is a very good starter.
This move may not have a ton of impact this season but you have to look towards the future in a move like this. Sanchez will make the rotation a strength which is going to be needed in the coming years. The team has wanted to bolster the staff and this move is going to get that done.
Trust me, I do not think many people saw this happening. I did not even know the Cubs were interested in bringing in a guy like Sanchez. A bold move from the front office and it should get a lot of people talking. The rest of the off-season was filled with stopgap signings but this is a move that will make an impact.
Great job by the Cubs on this. Have to give props to the team for surprising everyone.
UPDATE: It appears that Sanchez is giving the Detroit Tigers the chance to match. Stay tuned.