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Report: Nationals sign Aníbal Sánchez to two-year, $19 million contract

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Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports that the Nationals and pitcher Aníbal Sánchez have agreed to a contract. It’s a two-year, $19 million deal, per MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.

Sánchez, 34, breathed new life into his career with a stellar campaign with the Braves last season. He posted a 2.83 ERA with 135 strikeouts and 42 walks across 136 2/3 innings. The right-hander missed a few starts early in the season due to a hamstring injury but was otherwise a stalwart in the Braves’ rotation.

From 2015-17, Sánchez had an aggregate 5.67 ERA, so it looked like he was on his way out of baseball. The Nationals are now hoping he can bolster a rotation that already includes Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and fellow newcomer Patrick Corbin.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.