Six days after Oakland and Detroit allegedly failed in their dealings, athletics start-up Mike Fiers acquired from the Tigers in exchange for two players to be named later, or monetary considerations. Detroit had put Fiers on waivers, and the A & # 39; s claimed him and drafted a deal. The 33-year-old right-hander was to significantly improve the rotation of the A and let Frankie Montas and Daniel Mengden at least temporarily remain in Triple-A Nashville.
Now it's not as if A's start-up spin was bad. In fact, during the team's current six-game winning streak, Oakland starters were brilliant, making just three earned runs in 37 innings, for an ERA of .73. But during this route, the A & # 39; s have only used a four-man rotation, with the help of off-days. Fiers provides much needed depth and relieves the rest of the rotation, not to mention the bullpen.
Fiers should be able to delve deep into the games, which would help manager Bob Melvin leverage his vast rest period. The A's pen has thrown the third most innings in the American League to this point. Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino and Yusmeiro Petit are all in the top 10 for most innings under relievers. Melvin would like to get more innings out of his star rotation.
The acquisition of Fiers also offers a different veteran presence in the clubhouse. He spent the last three seasons with the Astros and won a World Series title last year, so he knows what it takes to reach the distance.
Fiers earns $ 6 million this season and is eligible to arbitrate next year. This means that the A owes him a little less than $ 2 million for the rest of the season, and they could keep him for another year if he beats well.
To make room for Fiers on the 40-man roster, Oakland designated relief pitcher Jeremy Bleich for the order. You still have to make two moves to get Fiers and newly-acquired helper Shawn Kelley on the active duty roster. Likely candidates to be sent to Nashville are relics JB Wendelken and Ryan Dull.
Fiers's last start with Detroit was last Wednesday, so he should be able to slide into the A-rotation whenever they need him. Oakland opens a two-game series with the Dodgers at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.