Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who has a long history of shoulder injuries, has been placed on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain.
Sanchez has struggled for much of the season, but he’s been particularly bad recently while allowing 17 runs in 20 innings this month. Knowing the 31-year-old’s injury history and the fact that he’s still owed another $38 million for the next two years it’s possible the Tigers will simply decide to shut Sanchez down for the season.
In the third year of a five-year, $80 million contract, Sanchez has worked 182, 126, and 157 innings for Detroit while posting ERAs of 2.57, 3.43, and 4.99. Like much of the Tigers’ aging core, he’s very expensive and trending in the wrong direction.
George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner are back together on a one-year, $12.5 million contract. The deal includes a second year option worth $20 million.
Gardner, 36, is coming off of the strongest offensive season of his career, batting .251/.325/.503 with 28 home runs, 74 RBI, 86 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases over 550 plate appearances. While he has certainly lost a step or two with age, he still rates as an above-average defensive corner outfielder as well.
As Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes, the Yankees also value Gardner — a veteran of 12 seasons — for his leadership, especially with CC Sabathia and Didi Gregorius gone.
Bringing Gardner back into the fold allows Giancarlo Stanton to remain the full-time DH. Gardner will return to left field with Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge reprising their roles in center and right, respectively.