Angels reportedly bolster rotation depth by signing Doug Fister
Fister last pitched for the Astros in 2016
With few exceptions, the reaction to any starting pitcher injury this season has been, "Will [team] sign Doug Fister?" On Thursday, a team signed Doug Fister.
That team? The Los Angeles Angels, per ESPN's Buster Olney:
Fister has been unemployed since the end of last season, in which he started 32 games for the Houston Astros, pitching 180 innings with an 84 ERA+, and a 1.85 strikeout-to-walk ratio. That Fister hasn't drawn too much interest despite his seeing his velocity increase in 2016 is indicative of teams' collective belief that he can no longer contribute in a big-league rotation.
Still, the bar is low for the Angels, who have recently taken to starting Alex Meyer. Meyer is younger than Fister, but he's struggled to a 72 ERA+ over four starts, during which he's walked nearly seven per nine innings.
The Angels spent the winter collecting marginal, if boring upgrades. Those moves have helped them secure third place thus far. Adding Fister is more of the same -- the Angels won't be much better with him in tow, but they should be a little better, and every bit helps.