The Washington Nationals have signed pitcher, Anibal Sanchez to a two year, $17 million dollar deal. Sanchez will join the already loaded starting pitching staff, with the likes of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, and Erick Fedde. Sanchez most recently had a short, one year stint with the Atlanta Braves.
While Sanchez pitched for Atlanta last season, he has also been apart of the Florida Marlins(before changing their name to the Miami Marlins) and Detroit Tigers. Moreover, just last season, Sanchez recorded a 7-6 win-loss record, held a 2.83 ERA, threw 136.2 innings, and also threw for 135 strikeouts. As for Sanchez’s career, he has a 97-100 win-loss record, holds a 3.99 ERA, has pitched for 1,729.2 innings, and has thrown for 1,549 strikeouts.
Sanchez will likely be the number four starter, behind Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin. Adding on, Sanchez will also receive a player option, which is currently valued at $12 million, according to Jon Heyman. In my opinion, acquiring Sanchez was key for Washington as they were in need of a solid fourth starter.