In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Sanchez has actually put up some nice innings (195+) the last 3 seasons. He's also had an ERA+ of over 105 for 4 straight years.
Not saying hes not good. hes a 2-3 pitcher. More of a 3. Id pay 15M per fpor him, just hard to sign him for 5 years. maybe with some protection clauses in there...
There are 30 teams in MLB, so to me there could be an argumaent made that the top 30 starters could be considered #1s, the next 30 #2s, the next #3s, etc...
From 2010-2012, here is a look at A Sanchez and other notables...
14) G Gonzalez (the guy I wanted last winter)
15) D Haren
16) A Sanchez
27) E Jackson
29) G Floyd (another guy I wanted last winter)
52) W Rodriguez (another guy I wanted last winter)
77) Joe Saunders
(Sidenote: I am not pretending to think this is a true list of the top 120 SPs in MLB. Some pitchers, like B Mccarthy, do not make this list because of missed time due to injury or youth.)
27) A Sanchez
(B Anderson & B McCarthy would both be top 30 in these categories, if the IP was lowered.)
I think one could argue that A Sanchez is a legitinmate #1/2 starter, B McCarthy and Marcum are #2/3 starters in terms of a comparative MLB analysis of slots.