The Detroit Tigers have made another major move to help their quest to win a World Series for the first time since 1984.
Right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez agreed to an $80 million, five-year contract with the Tigers, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement hasn’t been finalized, said Sanchez is scheduled for a physical Monday.
Sanchez was a part of Detroit’s four-man rotation that led the franchise to World Series this year. He had a 1.77 ERA in 20 1-3 innings over three postseason starts, but was 1-2 because Detroit was shut out in each of his losses.
“He was big for us in the playoffs, I just wish we scored a couple more runs for him and for our team,” Tigers catcher Alex Avila said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “He’s a big-time pitcher.”
The Tigers acquired Sanchez in July from Miami along with second baseman Omar Infante for right-hander Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers. As a free agent he also was pursued by the Chicago Cubs.
YANKEES: Kevin Youkilis and New York finalized their $12 million, one-year contract, giving the team a third baseman for the first half of next season while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery.
The deal with the three-time All-Star had been agreed to Tuesday, pending a physical, and the Yankees announced it Friday.
Youkilis joined Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon as Boston players who made the switch to the Bronx in the heated rivalry. He’ll get an early look at his old club: The Red Sox are set to open at Yankee Stadium on April 1.
• The team has been hit with an $18.9 million luxury tax by Major League Baseball, the 10th consecutive year it will pay a penalty for their spending.
The Yankees finished with a $222.5 million payroll for purposes of the tax, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press.
CARDINALS: Free agent infielder Ty Wigginton and St. Louis agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract.
General manager John Mozeliak said Wigginton gives the Cardinals a right-handed bat “with punch.”
The 35-year-old Wigginton, who will make $2.5 million annually, has hit 15 or more homers six times during 11 big league seasons.