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Report: Astros will “surely attempt” to trade Mike Fiers before non-tender deadline on Friday

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ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Mike Fiers #54 of the Houston Astros pitches during the first inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 13, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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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.

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