DETROIT — Right-hander Anibal Sanchez and agent Gene Mato agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal.
Sanchez rejoins Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Max Scherzer to lead the Detroit rotation, which he bolstered after a July 23 trade from the Miami Marlins.
Sanchez was part of Detroit’s four-man rotation that led the franchise to the World Series this year. He had a 1.77 ERA in 20 1/3 innings over three postseason starts, but was 1-2 because Detroit was shut out in each of his losses.
The Tigers acquired the 28-year-old Venezuelan in July from Miami along with second baseman Omar Infante for right-hander Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers.
He is 48-51 with a 3.75 ERA since making his major league debut with the Marlins in 2006.
The Tigers pitched well in the playoffs, but their bats let the team down when San Francisco swept Detroit in the World Series. Detroit was shut out twice, scored just three runs in the other two games and had the third-lowest batting average in Series history at .159.