Take in a Cavs-Indians doubleheader

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The Indians have a home game scheduled for Saturday at 4:10 PM.  Problem: the Cavaliers have their first round playoff game against the Bulls scheduled for around 3PM.  The arena and the ballpark are right next to each other, however, so that brings opportunity: ticket holders for the Cavs-Bulls game will be allowed to purchase
special $5 tickets
to see the remainder of the Indians-White Sox game.

So if you’re an Indians fan who happened to snag Cavs tickets as well, no need to choose because it’s all jake.  Literally: Peavy and Westbrook are pitching on Saturday.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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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.