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Tigers Sign Starting Pitcher Mike Fiers To One-Year Deal

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The Detroit Tigers have added to their starting rotation, adding right-hander Mike Fiers on a one-year, $6 million deal.

Detroit announced the signing last Friday, exactly one week ago.

Fiers, 32, is a seven-year veteran. He’s pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers (2011-15) and Houston Astros (2015-17), compiling an overall record of 42-47 with a 4.15 ERA in 141 games (123 starts).

In 2017, Fiers was 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA in 29 games (28 starts). It was the second straight season his ERA significantly rose; he posted marks of 3.69 and 4.48, respectively, in 2015 and 2016, while making 31 appearances (30 starts) each year.

“I want to pitch in Detroit,” said Fiers to MLB.com in a phone interview. “I think Detroit is a good fit for me.”

Fiers’s signing gives the Tigers starting pitching depth to back up youngsters Michael Fullmer, Matthew Boyd, and Daniel Norris, in addition to veterans Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey.

Fiers is perhaps best known for tossing the first no-hitter in Minute Maid Park history, doing so against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 21, 2015 as an Astro.

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Angels Closing in on Historic Extension with Mike Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels are nearing a historic contract extension with superstar outfielder Mike Trout that would set the record for the largest contract in professional sports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels and Trout are working towards a new 12-year pact that could be worth more than $340 million, nullifying his current contract.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, Trout’s new potential deal includes a $36 million salary in each new year.

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Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez

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The New York Yankees have bolstered their rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Gonzalez’s new deal is likely a minors deal.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Gonzalez would make $3 million in the majors via a games-started incentives outline that could elevate his earnings, and the deal comes with an opt-out for April 20th if Gonzalez doesn’t make the team out of spring training..

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Rangers’ Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

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Texas Rangers left hander Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Mendez, who avoided having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to miss half of the 2019 season as he recovers.

Mendez, 24, could return as early as mid-June, if all goes well in his rehabilitation.

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