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Rangers to pick up Martin Perez’s 2018 option

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Martin Perez says he was informed by the Rangers that his 2018 option will be exercised,’s T.R. Sullivan reports. The option is worth $6 million and had a $2.45 million buyout.

Perez, 26, is completing his sixth season in the majors. Across 31 starts, he has a 4.83 ERA with a 113/61 K/BB ratio over 179 innings. The former top prospect has not quite lived up to expectations but has at least been able to have two full, healthy seasons in 2016-17.

Perez inked a four-year, $12.5 million contract extension with the Rangers in November 2013. The deal included three option years for 2018-20. His 2019 option is worth $7.5 million with a $750,000 buyout and his 2020 option is worth $9 million with a $250,000 buyout.

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.