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Twins sign Anibal Sanchez to 1-year deal

The veteran right-hander has struggled in recent years, but the Twins need rotation depth.

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The Twins and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez have agreed on a one-year deal, as first reported by FanRag’s Jon Heyman. The contract, which is not guaranteed, will reportedly pay $2.5 million if Sanchez makes the team out of spring training.

Sanchez, who is on the verge of turning 34, will look to contribute to a starting rotation searching for depth, especially after a finger injury to Ervin Santana, who is expected to miss 10-12 weeks. Jose Berrios figures to lead the staff until Santana’s return.

After failing to grab Yu Darvish, the Twins will settle for Sanchez, who recorded a career-worst 5.33 FIP in 2017 over 105 13 innings. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2013 when he led the league with a 2.39 FIP, but has suffered significant declines in the seasons since.

Minnesota surprised many around the league by securing a Wild Card berth last season, despite ranking 19th in the league in starting pitching ERA.