Monday, March 12, 2018

Sox Should Sign Available Old Friend Aníbal Sánchez

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The Minnesota Twins cut former Red Sox prospect Aníbal Sánchez to make room on their roster for Lance Lynn. Boston signed Sánchez as a free agent out of Venezuela back in 2001, but he never actually played for the Red Sox. In 2005, he was dealt—along with Hanley Ramirez—to the Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. Over his 12 MLB seasons, Sánchez has had a pretty good career—going 90-94 with a 4.09 ERA. The 34-year-old has generally been a workhorse—e.g., starting 35 games for the Tigers in 2016. In 2013, he was fourth in the AL Cy Young voting—going14-8 with a 2.57 ERA for Detroit. In seven post-season appearances (including the 2012 World Series), he's posted a stellar 2.79 ERA. With the way the Red Sox rotation is shaping up—both in terms of injuries and actual Spring Training performances (or lack thereof)—Boston could use a reliable fifth starter. We should seriously consider picking-up Sánchez.