Nationals sign free agent Aníbal Sánchez

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Nationals added more pitching depth on Thursday night. The team signed free agent Aníbal Sánchez.

He has received a two-year deal worth $19 million. His contract is pending a physical, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Aníbal Sánchez pitching against the Philadelphia Phillies
Aníbal Sánchez pitching against the Philadelphia Phillies (Getty Images)

Sánchez will be joining his fourth MLB team. Besides pitching last season with the Atlanta Braves, he also pitched for the Miami Marlins and the Detroit Tigers.

The 34-year-old Maracay, Venezuela native pitched the 2018 season with the Braves. In Atlanta, he went 7-6 in 25 games, including 24 starts. He also had a 2.83 ERA in 136 2/3 innings. He also allowed 48 runs (43 earned runs) and 15 home runs on 106 hits.

He also struck out 135 batters and walked 42.

Sánchez could be a starter for the Nationals. If he makes the rotation, he will join Patrick Corbin — who signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the team this off-season — along with Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer.

Scherzer is also expected to be the ace of the rotation in 2019. The fifth man in the rotation is expected to battle between Joe Ross and Erick Fedde.

In his career, Sánchez has a 97-100 record in 309 games, including 286 starts, nine games finished, nine complete games, and seven shutouts. He has a career 3.99 ERA in 1,729 1/3 innings pitched. He has allowed 836 runs (767 earned runs) and 192 home runs on 1,682 hits.

He also struck out 1,549 batters and walked 577.

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