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MLB notebook: Tigers, Sanchez agree to 5-year, $80 million deal

The Tigers' Anibal Sanchez throws during the first inning of Game 3 of the World Series against the Giants in Detroit. Sanchez agreed to an $80 million, five-year contract with the Tigers on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (AP)

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Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 8:26 p.m.

The Tigers made another major move to help their quest to win a World Series for the first time since 1984.

Right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez agreed to an $80 million, five-year contract with the Tigers, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Friday. The person said Sanchez is scheduled for a physical Monday.

Sanchez was a part of Detroit's four-man rotation that led the franchise to World Series this year. He had a 1.77 ERA in 20 13 innings over three postseason starts, but he was 1-2 because Detroit was shut out in each of his losses.

“He was big for us in the playoffs. I just wish we scored a couple more runs for him and for our team,” Tigers catcher Alex Avila said. “He's a big-time pitcher.”

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. As a free agent, he also was pursued by the Chicago Cubs.

Sanchez got off to a shaky start with the Tigers but improved toward the end of the regular season and finished 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA for Detroit. He's 48-51 with a 3.75 ERA since making his major league debut with the Marlins in 2006.

Justin Verlander leads Detroit's rotation, which also includes Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Sanchez.

Report: Mets to trade Dickey

First-time All-Star and National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey will be traded by the Mets soon, an official familiar to the discussions told

The Blue Jays and Angels are among the potential landing spots for the 38-year-old, according to a major league executive whose team has pursued Dickey. reports that the Blue Jays are especially active in their pursuit.

The Mets have been unsuccessful in reaching agreement with Dickey on an extension. The knuckleballer is under contract at $5 million for next season.

Dickey led the National League in innings pitched (233 23) and strikeouts (230) and was second in ERA (2.73) last season.

Wigginton, Cardinals agree to contract

Free agent infielder Ty Wigginton and the Cardinals agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract.

General manager John Mozeliak said Wigginton gives St. Louis a right-handed bat “with punch.”

The 35-year-old former Pirates player, who will make $2.5 million annually, has hit 15 or more homers six times during 11 major league seasons. He had 22 in 2010, when he was an All-Star with the Orioles.

Suzuki, Yankees close in on 2-year deal

Ichiro Suzuki and the Yankees are closing in on a $13 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The sides still had to finalize language, and the deal will be subject to a physical, the person said.

The 39-year-old batted .322 with five homers, 27 RBI and 14 steals with the Yankees last season.

Also Friday, New York finalized a $12 million, one-year contract with third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

Yanks hit with $18.9M luxury tax

The Yankees were hit with an $18.9 million luxury tax by Major League Baseball, the 10th consecutive year they will pay a penalty for their spending.

New York finished with a $222.5 million payroll for purposes of the tax.

Following its payroll-shedding trade with the Dodgers last summer, the Red Sox finished just $47,177 under the $178 million threshold. The Angels wound up at $176.7 million and the Phillies at $174.5 million.

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