Of course, around 6 p.m. Thursday Nightengale reported on Twitter that Sanchez was a Cub. So, well, Twitter reporting.
The deal is said to be worth $80 million across five years. It gives the Tigers a strong top-four in the rotation, with left-hander Drew Smyly and right-hander Rick Porcello waiting in the wings. Porcello might end up traded. We'll explore that possibility later.
Sanchez had a 4-6 record and 3.74 ERA with the Tigers after arriving in July following a deal with the Marlins. Until the middle of August, it appeared to be one of the worst trades of GM Dave Dombrowski's Tigers career. A fix in Sanchez's mechanics seemed to do the trick, however, because he had a 2.15 ERA in his final eight regular-season games of the season. He went 1-2 with a 1.77 ERA in the postseason for Detroit.
We will, of course, be hitting this story from several angles throughout the day.
So long as it's true, anyway.