The Detroit Tigers bolstered their rotation for 2018 by signing right-hander Mike Fiers to a one-year contract.

The deal is worth $6 million, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Fiers reportedly chose to take the one-year deal with Detroit over an apparent two-year offer from the Baltimore Orioles, according to Crasnick.

Fiers was non-tendered by the Houston Astros earlier this month following a rocky 2017 campaign for the world champions. In 29 appearances (28 starts) for the Astros, Fiers posted a 5.22 ERA (76 ERA+), 1.428 WHIP, and 146 strikeouts while walking a career-high 3.6 batters per nine innings and hitting an American League-high 13 batters. He did not pitch for the Astros in the postseason.

Fiers is going from first to worst next season, as he'll join a Tigers team that lost a league-worst 98 games in 2017. The 32-year-old should help a Tigers staff by eating innings in 2018, something he does quite well; indeed, Fiers has thrown at least 150 innings in each of his last three seasons.


Michael Fulmer164.23.831.154114/40
Matt Boyd135.05.271.556110/53
Mike Fiers153.15.221.428146/62
Daniel Norris101.25.311.61386/44
Jordan Zimmermann160.06.081.550103/44

In seven major-league seasons with the Astros and Milwaukee Brewers, Fiers owns a career record of 42-47 with a 4.15 ERA, 1.291 WHIP, and 688 strikeouts (8.5 per nine innings). He threw a 134-pitch no-hitter for the Astros in 2015.

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