3:05pm:tweets Fiers won’t be going anywhere today, Fenech now .
2:39pm: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has a pair of sources who do not think the A’s are close to a deal for Fiers, according to this tweet.
Fiers, 33, has a 3.54 ERA, 6.6 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 1.54 HR/9, and 38% groundball rate in 20 starts across 117 innings for the Tigers this season. He adds veteran depth to an Oakland rotation that currently includes Sean Manaea, Brett Anderson, Edwin Jackson, and Trevor Cahill. Fiers inked a $6MM free agent deal with Detroit in December, and can be controlled for 2019 as an arbitration eligible player. Fiers was a 22nd round draft pick of the Brewers back in 2009. The soft-tosser has carved out a solid career, making 123 starts for the Brewers and Astros prior to this year.
The Athletics are currently just two games back from the Mariners for the second Wild Card spot, with FanGraphs giving them a 35% shot at the playoffs. Ten days ago, they bolstered their bullpen with the addition of Jeurys Familia.