The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly been interested in veteran right-handed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez to join their rotation.
As the beginning of MLB free agency rolls around, the Milwaukee Brewers figure to be connected to a slew of starting pitchers around the league. This is the life for a small-market team who needs to address their starting rotation heading into the 2019 season. One of those connections is Anibal Sanchez.
Sanchez is a 34-year-old righty who could help provide the Brewers with a veteran presence at the very bottom of their rotation. Milwaukee had great success with veterans such as Jhoulys Chacin and Wade Miley in 2018 so why not give it another whirl with Sanchez?
Sanchez only signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves last season, but worked his way onto the major league roster and had a great season. He went 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA in 136.2 innings last season.
Sanchez spent most of his career with the Miami Marlins and the Detroit Tigers. He made his debut back in 2006 and has pitched at least 100 major league innings in each of the past eight seasons.
Given that the Brewers are a small-market team, Sanchez might be the type of free agent they go after this Winter. Milwaukee probably won’t be able to compete for the big names so they’ll have to settle for a few tiers down.
At 34, Sanchez won’t command a long contract; two years at most. The length is something Milwaukee can easily commit to. The price is where things will get interesting. If the Brewers could get Sanchez for somewhere around $5-6 million a year, they might be able to pull the trigger. General manager David Stearns could even go a little higher than that, but it would be a big risk the higher the salary goes.
Right now, the Brewers have just shown preliminary interest which means they are likely just putting their feelers out there. It’s someone to keep an eye on, but don’t take too much stock into it at this point.