Anibal Sanchez could be the next target on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ list of offseason free agency acquisitions.
If the Dodgers are unable to negotiate terms with South Korean native Ryu Hyun-Jin by 5:00 pm EST today, ESPN's Jim Bowden believes the team would then shift their attention to Sanchez, who was considered a distant second to the newly minted Zack Grienke in the race for the top free agent pitcher on the market.
Sanchez reportedly has multiple five-year offers on the table but is looking for a contract in the six-year, $90 million range. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Sanchez recently turned down a four-year, $48 million offer by the Detroit Tigers.
Although Sanchez has a history of elbow and shoulder issues, he has made 30-plus starts in each of the past three seasons. During that time, he has averaged 196 innings pitched.
If today's deadline with Hyun-Jin comes to pass without an agreement being reached, the left-hander will return to pitch in the Korean Baseball Organization, and the Dodgers will then be refunded their $25.7 million posting fee.
With Grienke now slotted in the Dodgers rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, manager Don Mattingly currently has a group of veteran and injured starters to choose from, including Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano.