Astros sign groundball pitcher Doug Fister to one-year contract

The Astros on Thursday announced that they've signed right-hander Doug Fister to a one-year contract. According to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo, the deal will pay Fister $7 million with the chance to reach a total of $12 million via incentives.

Fister, who'll turn 32 on Feb. 4, is coming off a 2015 season in which he pitched to a 4.19 ERA and 2.63 K/BB ratio in 103 innings for the Nationals. For his career, he owns an ERA+ of 117 across parts of seven big-league seasons. In 2014, he finished eighth in the NL Cy Young balloting.

Fister's outputs in 2015 were well below his established standards, partly because of forearm tightness, which sidelined him for more than a month. When healthy, Fister combines good control with strong groundball tendencies, making him a good fit for the Astros and their heavy preference for defensive shifts in the infield.

Signing a one-year deal also allows Fister to re-establish his value (assuming he stays healthy) and hit the market again in 2016-17, when the free agent class will be much weaker than it was this offseason.

In Houston, Fister figures to slot in the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh.

Doug Fister will be trying for a bounce-back season in Houston.
Doug Fister will be trying for a bounce-back season in Houston. (USATSI)
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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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