Veteran reliever Hong-Chih Kuo has failed to draw much free agent interest since being non-tendered by the Dodgers in mid-December. But that may start changing as spring training approaches.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, three West Coast teams have been “kicking the tires” recently on the 30-year-old left-hander.
Kuo pitched only 27 innings last season and has undergone a total of five elbow procedures, but he still possesses nasty raw stuff and has held left-handed batters to a .205/.282/.318 batting line for his career. On a non-guaranteed minor league deal, he’d be a worthwhile risk for just about any team.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”
Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.