Casey Fien is back in Tigers camp after spending the last few months hopping from team to team on baseball’s waiver wire. The 26-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment by Detroit in late February, claimed off waivers by the Red Sox a few days later, then waived again and picked up by the Blue Jays. Toronto cut him last week, and now he’s back where it all began on a minor league contract with the Tigers (according to MLB.com’s Jason Beck). Fien, a once-promising relief prospect, posted a 1.13 WHIP and a 66/15 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.