"'This is an exciting day for the Washington Nationals,'" General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a press release on the trade announced tonight that brought 29-year-old right-hander Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers in return for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and left-handers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray. "We feel we’ve added a talented, young veteran to our starting pitching corps. Doug is battle-tested through playoff experiences, and the depth he brings to our staff is exceptional. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard.'"
Fister comes to D.C. 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. In eight postseason appearances for Detroit, seven of them starts, over his three years with the Tigers, the 29-year-old pitcher went (3-2) with a 2.98 ERA, 13 walks (2.42 BB/9) and 37 Ks (6.90 K/9) in 48 1/3 IP.
Fister, a 6'8'' starter, had a 54.3% ground ball percentage in 2013, which would have led all Nats' starters, outside of ground ball machine Taylor Jordan (57.5%), though the Nationals' newest starter did it over 33 games and 32 starts while Jordan made just nine starts in his rookie campaign. Stephen Strasburg's 51.5% GB% was the highest amongst Washington's regular starters last season.
Fister certainly fits in the mold of starters the Nationals' GM has liked in the past. The baseball world seems impressed with the trade Rizzo made tonight.
Detroit Tigers fans seem furious.
Here's what "they're" saying about the Nationals' acquisition of Fister, which gives them a top four that, given everyone is healthy, is one of the stronger rotations in the National League:
Nats rotation now set thru '14 & '15 w Big 3, Detwiler, plus others for depth. Make a run now. Tigers get Ray, LH, 21, w 160 K's in 142 IP.— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) December 3, 2013
Nats rotation of Strasburg (healthy elbow now), JZimmermann, Gonzalez & Fister now arguably as much overall potential as any in NL for 2014— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 3, 2013
New post for Insiders - Mr. Fister goes to Washington (for not much in return): http://t.co/NephAFOWkq— keithlaw (@keithlaw) December 3, 2013
FanGraphs: Nationals Steal Doug Fister From Tigers http://t.co/eyTUBjHjOM— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) December 3, 2013
NL evaluator on the trade: "Hard to knock DET because of recent track record of trade success, but this really makes WSH better in '14."— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) December 3, 2013
Doug Fister trade is a terrible deal for the Tigers, downgrading a win-now team http://t.co/nJQW3LxlhV— Bless You Boys (@blessyouboys) December 3, 2013
Tigers deal Fister for prospects, talent for possible talent, adulation for scorn http://t.co/Fjk9QHEc7L— Grant Brisbee (@mccoveychron) December 3, 2013
Doug Fister's Value Boosted http://t.co/BjQIOSpx6y— Ray Guilfoyle (@faketeams) December 3, 2013
Doug Fister and the Tigers never had serious conversations about a multiyear contract this offseason, a source just told me. @FOXSports1— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 3, 2013
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