Boston Red Sox Rumors: 10 Reasons Anibal Sanchez Is a Great Fit in Boston

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Boston Red Sox Rumors: 10 Reasons Anibal Sanchez Is a Great Fit in Boston
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Anibal Sanchez is the best available starting pitcher on the free-agent market.

Now that the Red Sox have added a starting first baseman, two starting outfielders, a back-up catcher and several relievers this offseason, it’s time for them to add a starting pitcher.

The Red Sox need to add not just a pitcher at the back end of the rotation, like Ryan Dempster, nor one who will cost almost $150 million, like Zack Greinke, but a starting pitcher who’s pitched well in both the American and National Leagues, on the big stage, and will be near the top of the rotation.

That is, Anibal Sanchez.

The 28-year-old finished with a 9-13 regular season record, but posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and .265 BAA with the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers.

However, his best stats came in the 2012 postseason with the Tigers.

Former GM and current ESPN analyst Jim Bowden ranks Sanchez as the No. 1 available starting pitcher in free agency after the Greinke signing.

And, just last week, CBS Sports baseball writer Jon Heyman tweeted that the Red Sox have shown interest in the best available starting pitcher.

Now that the Red Sox have already signed one of the best free agent options this offseason in Mike Napoli, it’s time for them to sign arguably the best available free agent: Anibal Sanchez.

Here are 10 reasons why Sanchez would be a great fit and a great signing by Boston.

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