The Washington Nationals just confirmed that they and the Detroit Tigers have completed a trade that brings RHP Doug Fister to the nation's capital in return for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, LHP Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray. SB Nation writer Chris Cotillo was first with the report:
Fister, the 6'8'', 29-year-old right-hander, comes to Washington after a (14-9) season in Detroit in which he had a 3.67 ERA, a 3.26 FIP, 44 walks (1.90 BB/9) and 159 Ks (6.86 K/9) in 33 games, 32 starts and 208 2/3 IP for the Tigers.
The Nationals are parting ways with Steve Lombardozzi, 25, who recovered from a slow start in his second season in D.C. to put up a .302/.333/.415 line in the second half of a 2013 campaign which ended with the infielder at .259/.278/.338 with 15 doubles and two home runs in 118 games and 307 PAs as the Nats' utility infielder.
Krol, 22, was acquired from the Oakland A's as the PTBNL in the Michael Morse trade last winter. After posting a 0.69 ERA, 2.51 FIP, seven walks (2.42 BB/9) and 29 Ks (10.04 K/9) in 26 IP for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, Krol was (2-1) with a 3.95 ERA, 4.69 FIP, eight walks and 22 Ks after being called up to to the Nationals to make his major league debut in June. Robbie Ray, 22, pitched for High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2013, with a combined (11-5) record, 3.36 ERA, 62 walks and 160 Ks in two stops in the Nats' system in the 2010 12th Round pick's fourth season in the organization after he was selected out of high school in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Fister, was acquired by the Tigers in a July 30, 2011 trade with the Seattle Mariners who drafted him in the 7th Round of the '06 Draft. In two and a half seasons with Detroit, he was (32-20) with a 3.29 ERA in 70 games, 68 starts and 440 2/3 IP. The right-hander joins an impressive Washington Nationals' rotation with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and either Ross Detwiler or one of the other pitches (Taylor Jordan or Tanner Roark) who are expected to compete for the fifth spot.
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