The Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with right-hander Mike Fiers, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported contract details.
Detroit was reported to be likely to add a free-agent starter Wednesday and was also linked to ex-Orioles righty Chris Tillman. Fiers, who was non-tendered by the Astros last Friday, will be under club control for the 2019 season as well.
Fiers will provide a veteran presence in a rotation that is expected to include Michael Fulmer, Matthew Boyd, Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris for Detroit last season. He made 28 starts for the World Series champions this year, posting a 5.22 ERA and 5.43 FIP in 153.1 innings before being left off the club’s postseason roster.
Fiers, 32, is a veteran of seven seasons with Milwaukee (2011-15) and Houston (2015-17), owning a career 42-47 record and 4.15 ERA in that span. He was included in the swap that sent outfielder Carlos Gomez from Milwaukee to Houston at the trade deadline in 2015.
Fiers joins Ryan Carpenter, Leonys Martin and Derek Norris as additions for the Tigers so far this offseason. Detroit will look to continue its rebuild by shopping veterans like Zimmermann, Jose Iglesias, Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez in the coming months.