Chicago Cubs Reportedly Sign SP Anibal Sanchez

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Chicago Cubs Reportedly Sign SP Anibal Sanchez

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

UPDATE Friday, 12/14, 10:00ET: The Tigers have reportedly agreed to a 5-year deal with Sanchez after the Cubs decided to move in another direction.

-- End of Update --

Nightengale tweeted on Thursday:

The reported deal will be for five years, according to Nightengale:

However, Jon Heyman of tweeted:

The 28-year-old Venezuelan posted a combined 3.86 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 167 strikeouts in 31 starts for the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers in 2012. That included giving up just four earned runs in three postseason starts (20.1 innings) while compiling a 0.98 WHIP. He gave up two runs in seven innings with eight strikeouts in his lone start against the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

Sanchez, who was undrafted in 2001, has a 3.75 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 733 strikeouts in 869 career innings. Despite all of this, he has posted just two seasons with a winning record, more indicative of him being on the Marlins than anything.

Chicago posted a starters' ERA of 4.52 last season, 23rd in baseball. Cubs starters notched just one complete game all year.

This is obviously a big signing for the club, which went 61-101 last season, the second-worst mark in baseball. While the Cubs also need to add to what was a putrid offense in 2012, this is at least a step in the right direction in the pitching department.

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