The Chicago Cubs had high expectations for Theo Epstein when they brought him on board prior to the 2012 season, but so far–he’s been nothing but a disappointment for the organization. On Thursday, it appeared the Cubs were on their way to making a big move in free agency with the signing of Anibal Sanchez from the Detroit Tigers–that is until he decided to return to the defending AL Champions.
Early reports surfaced on Thursday that Sanchez and the Cubs had agree to a five-year, $75 million deal, but now it seems like the move was made by the pitcher in a way to get more money from the Tigers. Instead of accepting a deal with Chicago, Sanchez agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with Detroit on Friday–which has Cubs fans even more furious over the missed opportunity.
After all of the success he had with the Boston Red Sox, Epstein was brought on board with the intention of making an immediate impact for a team looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. Instead, the Cubs appear to be at least another year away from being anywhere close to contenders again and missing out on signing players like Sanchez–especially when they could have easily offered him another $5 million like the Tigers–is completely unacceptable.
His record may not be as impressive as some of the stars in the league, but Sanchez would have been a great addition to Chicago’s starting lineup heading into 2013. Instead, the Cubs and their fans are left wondering what could have been once again–which is beginning to get old and annoying to deal with.