Stuff like this post — looking at all the preseason annuals like Sporting News and Athlon, and determining whether their choices of the face of each franchise as evidenced by the cover photos they use makes rational sense — is why I keep Wezen-Ball bookmarked and you should too.
Anyone can tell you who won and who lost yesterday. Wezen-Ball tells you interesting stuff that you had no idea that you really needed to know until after you read it.
From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.
The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.