Raise your hand if you still believe in Doug Fister. You'll probably find more takers for Bigfoot at this point. The soft-tossing 31-year-old's two-year stint in Washington ended with his banishment to the bullpen, not to mention a high ERA, largely because a forearm issue that made him even a softer tosser. The combined impact of that injury and a strained shoulder early in 2014 really cut into his strikeout rate as well. He used to at least approach seven per nine, but now he resides in the mid-fives, which is bottom-of-the-barrel for a starting pitcher these days. He does enter 2016 with relief pitcher eligibility, so he pretty much has to be drafted in Head-to-Head points leagues as a projected starter for the Astros, but it should be late since his diminishing skills may not allow him to reverse this trend.
Fister's deal with the Astros is for $7 million, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports. The deal also includes potential for $5 million more in performance bonuses related to innings pitched.
Fister agreed Thursday to terms on a one-year contract with the Astros, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports. Coming off a down season in Washington, the 31-year-old Fister will hope to rebuild his value with a strong campaign in Houston. He'll probably be the No. 5 starter, knocking Scott Feldman from the rotation to a long relief/spot starter role.
Nationals pitcher Doug Fister (5-7) earned his first major league save, walking one and striking out two over a scoreless inning in Monday's 8-7 win over the Phillies. Fister has now joined the ranks of Kyle Lohse and Jerome Williams as one of the more unlikely save recipients of 2015. The right-hander's appearance was borne of necessity, as Washington had already endured a blown save and used six other relievers. A free agent-to-be, Fister will look to rebound from his lost season and earn a rotation spot.
Matt Williams has not declared that the odd man out for the Nationals when Stephen Strasburg returns to the rotation Saturday is Joe Ross, who filled it for him. It's Doug Fister, who has lost four of his last five decisions. Fister will head to the bullpen with 20 earned runs allowed in his last 34 innings pitched. His ERA has risen from 2.87 in mid-May to 4.60. He has just two quality starts in his last six outings and one win since June 25.
Nationals starter Doug Fister had a rough outing against the Diamondbacks on Monday. The right-hander was bitten by the longball, as he allowed a trio of home runs in the 6-4 loss. On the night, he allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings. He did strike out six without walking a batter, but overall it was another shaky start for Fister. Fister (4-7, 4.60 ERA) allowed a solo home run to Nick Ahmed in the third inning before David Peralta (two-run shot) and Welington Castillo went back-to-back in the fourth. This is the fourth time in his past six starts that Fister has allowed at least four runs. He owns a 5.29 ERA over that stretch.