Pirates and Casey McGehee avoid arbitration

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First Garrett Jones, now this.  We are officially your go-to source for Pittsburgh Pirates arbitration news. Accept no substitutes.

Anyway, yes: the Pirates and their new third baseman Casey McGehee avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal.

The amount: $2.5375 million. Which makes sense. McGehee had requested $2.725 million and the Pirates countered with $2.35 million.  So unless one of the sides was REALLY bad at negotiation, you’d have to assume that the final number was gonna be somewhere between those two.
Would have been awesome if it came in at, like, $375K and the agent got fired.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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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.