Detroit Tigers Trade Pitcher Doug Fister To The Washington Nationals

by Adrian Garro | Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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The Washington Nationals‘ starting rotation just got even deeper. The club acquired starting pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers on Monday night, as first reported by MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Nationals sent minor league pitcher Robbie Ray, relief pitcher Ian Krol and utilityman Steve Lombardozzi to Detroit in the deal.

Fister slides into a Nationals staff that already boasts Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler.

Fister, 29, put in another solid year for Detroit in 2013, finishing with a 14-9 record and an ERA of 3.67. On the deeper statistical level, he had a 4.1 WAR in ’13. Over the past three years, that statistic has placed him in some pretty formidable company:

Fister’s departure presumably frees up some room for the Tigers to sign a free agent starter, as the staff now includes Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello (with Scherzer in line for a big contract following his Cy Young season). In lieu of spending more money, the team could also opt to promote lefty Drew Smyly from the bullpen to the rotation, which makes sense considering Krol could become the team’s primary left-handed reliever.

On the surface, this deal seems skewed in Washington’s favor, especially considering Fister is under team control through the 2015 season. He’s been one of the best under-the-radar starting pitchers of the past few seasons, and could presumably perform even better in the National League.

This is the second trade involving the Tigers that has basically caught the baseball world off-guard – coming on the heels of the blockbuster that sent Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Ian Kinsler.

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Adrian is a Bay Area-born & raised writer/editor and MLB enthusiast currently based in Los Angeles. He has been to games at seven of the current MLB ballparks, but that's not nearly enough. One day... Follow Adrian on Twitter @adriangarro.

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