Tigers out on Hiroki Kuroda, in on Doug Fister?

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According to ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden, the Tigers have dropped out of the running for Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda, while FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that they’re now talking to the Mariners about Doug Fister and a reliever.

Morosi spent several years covering the Tigers for the Detroit Free Press, so his sources with the club are very good.

Fister has a 3-12 record this year, but it comes with a 3.33 ERA and an 89/32 K/BB ratio in 146 innings.  He’s taken advantage of pitching in Safeco Field and gotten help from a strong defense, so it’s doubtful he’d be quite as good in Detroit.  However, he’s an obvious upgrade over the team’s current fifth-starter options.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.