Which Giant is going to be the All-Star Game MVP?

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Those Giants fans treated harshly for stuffing the ballot box have to be feeling pretty good right about now:

Melky Cabrera: 2-for-2, two-run HR, two runs scored
Pablo Sandoval: 1-for-2, three-run triple
Matt Cain: Scoreless first and second innings

Buster Posey is also done, so all four Giants have exited the game. However, with the NL up 8-0 as of the fifth, it seems like a given that one will be the MVP, probably one of the hitters. Cabrera got the NL rally started with his hit in the first and later made it 8-0 with his homer. However, Sandoval’s triple was the blow that really broke the game open against Justin Verlander, making it 4-0 in the first.

So, what do you think? Cabrera, Sandoval, maybe even Cain?

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.