Athletics re-sign Fiers to lead expected young starting rotation

Free-agent right-hander Mike Fiers has agreed to a two-year contract to stay with the Oakland Athletics, who were determined to find an experienced starter this off-season to help lead a young rotation.

Veteran hurler, 33, acquired in late-season trade helped Oakland reach playoffs

Mike Fiers, who has re-signed with the A's for two years, helped the club reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014 following a late-season trade from Detroit. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Free-agent right-hander Mike Fiers has agreed to a two-year contract to stay with the Oakland Athletics, who were determined to find an experienced starter this off-season to help lead a young rotation.

And Oakland would like to add another starter, too, realizing it must provide depth given all the injuries last season.

Ace Sean Manaea is recovering from shoulder surgery and not expected back until at least the all-star break in July.

The A's acquired Fiers in August from Detroit, and he helped the club reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

The 33-year-old Fiers went 5-2 with a 3.74 earned-run average in 10 outings with nine starts after joining Oakland, which lost the American League wild-card game at New York.

Fiers was 12-8 with a 3.56 ERA in 30 starts and 31 overall appearances and 172 innings in 2018.

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