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The Detroit Tigers will head to the winter meetings with a starting pitcher in tow.
The team is close to signing free agent right-hander Mike Fiers to a one-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The deal could be announced as soon as Friday afternoon.
Fiers, 32, represents the kind of low-cost, innings-eater the Tigers are looking for at the back-end of their starting rotation. In seven seasons, he has a 4.15 ERA.
Fiers will sign for $6 million, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
In 2017, Fiers posted good strikeout numbers but bad home run numbers. In 28 starts with the Astros, he struck out 146 batters in 153 1/3 innings, but also allowed 32 home runs. He went 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA and 1.42 WHIP.
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It is a logical addition for a team who is focused first and foremost on getting more innings out of their young starting rotation. Fiers also represents an opportunity for the team to capitalize on a potential bounce-back season by trading him for prospects at the trade deadline.
Fiers was non-tendered by the Astros last week.
Even with Fiers coming aboard, the Tigers might not be done in their starting pitching search. General manager Al Avila said during last month’s Major League Baseball General Managers meetings that the team was targeting multiple starters, a priority for a team whose pitchers were ineffective and inexperienced late last season.
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