The Detroit Tigers and free-agent righthander Anibal Sanchez reached agreement on a five-year deal worth $80 million.
The Chicago Cubs offered Sanchez $77 million, but the Tigers increased the offer and Sanchez opted for return to Detroit.
The Tigers acquired Sanchez in a trade with the Miami Marlins this past July, along with Omar Infante for pitching prospect Jacob Turner, and Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn.
Sanchez was pursued by at least five other teams, including the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals.
Sanchez, 28, was 9-13 with a 3.86 ERA combined with the Tigers and Miami Marlins last season.