It wasn’t cheap. Detroit’s deal with Sanchez is worth $80 million over five years, a person familiar with it told The Associated Press. The team said it has an option for a sixth season.
That’s the price of doing business in the free agent market for pitchers.
The Dodgers recently gave Zack Greinke a $147 million, six-year deal — the biggest for a righthander in baseball history — and Detroit is satisfied with what it had to spend on Sanchez, perhaps the second-best pitcher on the market.
Sanchez, 28, helped Detroit reach the World Series last season. He had a 1.77 ERA in 20⅓ innings over three postseason starts, but was 1-2 because the Tigers were shut out in each of his losses.
A’s sign Nakajima
Two people with knowledge of the negotiations said the Athletics agreed to sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan’s Seibu Lions. The A’s called a news conference for Tuesday described as a ‘‘major announcement.’’ Nakajima agreed to a $6.5 million, two-year contract. The deal also includes a $5.5 million option for a third season, one of the people said. Nakajima, a seven-time Pacific League All-Star, has a .302 batting average with 149 home runs, 664 RBIs, and 134 stolen bases over 11 seasons with Seibu . . . The Astros signed veteran Carlos Pena to be their designated hitter, addressing a key need as they prepare for their first season in the AL. Pena, 34, spent last season in his second stint with Tampa Bay and hit .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs . . . The Cubs signed third baseman Ian Stewart. Under terms of the one-year deal, Stewart is guaranteed $2 million if he makes the Opening Day roster and can earn another $500,000 in incentives . . . Rays minor league outfielder Cody Rogers was suspended 50 games after refusing to take an offseason drug test.