DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are declining their $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez. General manager Al Avila confirmed that Friday following the team's news conference to introduce new manager Ron Gardenhire. The move comes as no surprise after Sanchez slipped badly over the past three seasons. He went 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. The Tigers signed the Venezuelan to an $80 million, five-year contract before the 2013 season, and the deal included a $5 million buyout if the Tigers declined the option for 2018. Sanchez won the American League ERA title in 2013.
PITTSBURGH -- Steelers safety Mike Mitchell has been fined for his controversial low hit on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, but Mitchell's biggest fine, $48,620, was the result of a helmet-to-helmet hit on running back Charcandrick West?on Sunday. Mitchell's low hit on Smith with 16 seconds left in the third quarter earned a $9,115 fine. The $48,620 from the West play, which occurred late in the second quarter on a gang tackle, was a result of Mitchell's repeat-offender status. Regarding the Smith play, Mitchell said he accidentally tripped into the back of the quarterback's legs as Mitchell's feet got tangled with linebacker Anthony Chickillo, who verified the account. But Smith said