According to multiple sources, the Phillies have shown interest in starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez. The veteran right-hander will be 37 years of age on Opening Day and has spent the last 3 years competing within the NL East. A few of his career accolades include helping the Nationals capture their first World Series crown in 2019, and winning an AL ERA title with the Tigers back in 2013. Sanchez also has a no-hitter to his name with the Marlins in 2006.
Dave Dombrowski, who is now the Phillies President of Baseball Operations, helped acquire Sanchez via trade during his time with Detroit. It should come as no surprise that the two -Dombrowski & Sanchez- are connected once more, especially considering the options in-house to fill out the back end of the rotation. Aside from the trio of Nola, Wheeler, and Eflin, the team will be counting on the likes of Vince Velasquez and the highly touted Spencer Howard to eat some innings. Adding an experienced arm could help take some of the load off the young guys.
It is safe to say the front office wouldn’t have to break the bank to sign Sanchez either. He is coming off a disastrous 2020 campaign and his best days are most likely behind him. With the slow-moving state of the Free Agent market, a minor league deal could very well be all it takes to bring him on board. A smaller signing such as this one would allow the Phillies to have more flexibility financially when building the rest of their team this winter, and beyond. J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius remain unsigned, and a potential return to Philadelphia is not out of the question for both players.
Adding a starting pitcher might not be amongst the team’s top priorities at this moment, but someone like Anibal Sanchez could serve to bolster the back end of our staff. There is an old saying that goes, “You can never have enough pitching”. At the very least, Sanchez could serve as a depth guy and is worth taking a chance on.