MLB Free Agency: Anibal Sanchez Stock Rising with Strong Playoff Performances

Zak SchmollAnalyst IOctober 15, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14:  Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the New York Yankees during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 14, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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The playoffs are a great time to raise your stock if you're an impending free agent, and it seems as if starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez is taking full advantage of that situation.

After going seven innings on Sunday and holding the mighty Yankees to a mere three hits, Sanchez is positioning himself for a major raise when he hits the market.

Sanchez has always been an above average pitcher with a career 3.75 ERA, but he had been pitching with the Florida and then Miami Marlins for his entire major league career. After being traded midseason, he is finally getting the opportunity to make his mark on the postseason.

Although he took a loss against the Oakland Athletics, Sanchez still put in a quality start by pitching 6.1 innings and surrendering two runs. Overall, that means that he is 1-1 so far in the playoffs with a 1.35 ERA and an incredibly low WHIP of 0.975.

He has never been a strikeout pitcher, and he probably never will be. However, Sanchez is 28 years old, so he will be entering his best years. I'm not saying that he will all of a sudden start striking out batters in bunches, but if he progresses like a majority of other pitchers progress, Sanchez will keep getting batters out, and that's ultimately what he is paid to do.

He probably will not be on top of the market this winter with names like Zack Greinke and Ryan Dempster entering the market, but Sanchez will still be in a strong position if he continues his playoff performance. He can obviously handle the pressure of pitching in difficult situations, and he is going to get a raise over the $8 million he earned this year, according to Baseball Reference. There has not been any confirmed interest from other teams, but Sanchez will be a hot name this winter.


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