NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Don't count the Tigers out of the Anibal Sanchez negotiations quite yet. Their chances, though, are up for debate.
The Tigers remain in talks with Sanchez's agent on a potential deal to keep the free-agent right-hander in Detroit. A source with knowledge of negotiations said a CBSSports.com report Monday morning of a four-year, $48 million offer from Detroit that was supposedly an insult to Sanchez was not accurate.
That doesn't mean the Tigers are much closer than that, but it means they're still in dialogue
The widespread belief is that if the bidding on Sanchez gets to the six- or seven-year contract stage that many expect it to go, the Tigers will be out. It won't necessarily be a sign of how the Tigers value him as much as what it would do for future talks on Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, both of whom are two years away from free agency.
Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, citing Major League rules, declined to comment on the status of negotiations or the level of interest.
"We've expressed an interest in the beginning to sign him. And then, other than that, I really can't say anything more," Dombrowski said.