Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros will “surely attempt” to trade pitcher Mike Fiers ahead of Friday’s 8 PM ET non-tender deadline.
Fiers, 32, is eligible for arbitration for the second of three years. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn a $5.7 million salary.
Fiers is coming off of a disappointing season despite getting a World Series ring. He finished the regular season with an 8-10 record, a 5.22 ERA, and a 146/62 K/BB ratio across 153 1/3 innings. The right-hander is obviously the weakest link in the Astros’ rotation. That they will attempt to trade him before presumably non-tendering him comes as no surprise.
Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.
Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.
The Twins make number nine.