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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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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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