Detroit Tigers Add A Starting Pitcher

The Detroit Tigers added starting pitcher Mike Fiers yesterday evening per a report from Jerry Crasnick. Reportedly, the deal is worth $6 million.

Fiers was just one of three pitchers that the Detroit Tigers were considering adding to the mix. SP Chris Tillman and CP Yoshihisa Hirano are two other pitchers the Tigers have been reportedly interested in.

Fiers has spent the last seven seasons with the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee Brewers. Last season with Houston he posted a  5.22 ERA while striking out 146, walking 62 en route to an 8-10 record.

Per Baseball-Reference.com, Fiers has a career ERA of 4.15, 688 strikeouts, 230 Walks, a record of 42-47 and a career FIP of 4.25.

The Detroit Tigers also recently acquired Enrique Burgos, whom Andy Patton notes could make an immediate impact in the bullpen.

Looking to the 2018 season, MLB.com notes that Nick Castellanos is going to be a key cog for the Tigers lineup.  MLB Writer Jason Beck points out that:

Castellanos posted a hard-hit ball rate of 45.4 percent to rank fifth among Major League hitters according to Fangraphs, his .313 batting average on balls in play was second-lowest among those top five players in hard-hit rate. Only Rangers slugger Joey Gallo (.250) had a lower mark.

NewEnglishD.com isn’t too thrilled with the Tigers signing of Derek Norris as they point out, it shows they don’t care about Domestic Violence.

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The Detroit Tigers have already Fiers and Martin to the mix, SB Nation’s Bless You Boys thinks that the Tigers should turn their attention to the bullpen and add some free agents there this offseason. They also make the case for 11 prospects the Tigers should target in the Rule 5 Draft.

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