According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, MLB Daily Dish, the Nationals have acquired Doug Fister of the Detroit Tigers. Players or money has not been announced but we will bring that to you as it comes about.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 3, 2013
Cotillo broke the news about Ricky Nolasco going to the Twins, so in this case, I am going to trust his source on the report.
Fister last season with Detroit allowed just under four runs a game, and pitched over 200 innings. That is exactly what I brought up earlier when talking about Bronson Arroyo. This is an even better deal because Fister will only be 30 on Opening Day 2014.
Fister is arbitration eligible so I expect the Nats to try to make it a three year deal to buy out his arbitration seasons. I could be wrong and it be only a one year deal, but I am betting on a three year deal.
Overall this is a great deal for the Nationals as they get a very consistent starter to take the four spot in the rotation. He has experience in the playoffs as well. Stay tuned as we update you on this news.