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Anibal Sanchez
Birthdate: 2/27/1984 (33 y, 26 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 5-11/220     Position: P
Contract: $88M / 5 Years (2013 - 2017) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Since trying out a new arm angle earlier this month, Sanchez has allowed just two hits in eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts, MLB.com reports. (3/21/2017)
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Profile: The trendline was ugly for Sanchez in 2016. For once, the Detroit righty could say he was healthy and that for once his shoulder did not send him to the disabled list for any length of time. Unfortunately, the production he did provide was quite subpar, as Sanchez posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA, bad enough that it led to him being booted from the rotation. Perhaps there was a little bad BABIP luck in there (.317 BABIP) but his xFIP over the past four years (2.91, 3.56, 4.03, 4.62) tells the story of a pitcher who is heading the wrong direction. It's not only the top-level peripherals either -- his fastball velocity dropped nearly a full mile per hour and is now at its lowest mark since before his 1.3 mph spike in 2013. Sanchez is under contract for one more season (with a 2018 buyout) and will likely head into spring training at the backend of the Tigers rotation. While his value may be suppressed enough that he's available as a flyer in deeper mixed or AL-only leagues, there are likely younger guys with higher ceilings worth targeting in fantasy drafts.(Colin Zarzycki)

The Quick Opinion: Sanchez had his worst season as a pro in 2016 and both the traditional stats and underlying peripherals do not paint a pretty picture heading into 2017. Now 33, the righty's run as a well-above-average starting pitcher may be drawing to a close based on production alone, to say nothing of the always looming specter of yet another shoulder injury.

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