34-year-old Aníbal Sánchez just put together a masterful season for the Atlanta Braves. Therefore, the Washington Nationals are swooping in. Thursday afternoon, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal broke the news that the Nats had signed Sánchez to a two-year deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 20, 2018
Good for Anibal. Seriously. During the 2017 season, he put up a disastrous 6.41 ERA, 5.30 FIP and 6.22 DRA across 105 innings of work. In fact, that could’ve been the end of his career. He did not look good at all. But this past season, he would turn everything around to the tune of a 2.83 ERA, 3.58 FIP and 2.75 DRA over 136-plus innings of work. The Braves, as we know, went on to win the NL East while the Nationals (82-80) didn’t even make the playoffs.
Sánchez now joins a rotation already boasting Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. And they’re paying a lot of money for that rotation as well. Time will tell if it’s worth it, of course. But during an offseason in which the Nats are likely to lose Bryce Harper, they’re shoring up other positions. They’re not waiting for things to happen, they’re making things happen instead.
Signing Sánchez probably officially takes them out of the Dallas Keuchel sweepstakes, but that was a long shot to begin with.