LA Angels One of Teams Interested In Doug Fister
The LA Angels may have been winners when Doug Fister wasn’t able to sign a major league deal this past offseason. All of the teams that looked into him decided to pass on the deal Fister was looking for. With Fister still a free agent, teams are starting to show interest.
The LA Angels got to see a Doug Fister pitching showcase, much like last year with Tim Lincecum. At this point in the season, the Angels could already use as much pitching help as they can get. So signing Doug Fister to a cheap deal seems like a pretty good fit.
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Fister hasn’t been that great the past two seasons. This is one of the main reasons he still sits as a free agent this far into the 2017 season. In 2015 with the Washington Nationals, Fister had a 4.19 ERA in 103.0 innings pitched. 2016 Fister was with the Houston Astros and posted a 4.64 ERA in 180.1 innings pitched. In both years, Fister saw his WHIP rise to career highs, 1.398 in 2015 and 1.425 in 2016.
Fister had an amazing season in 2014, and ended up finishing 8th in the National League Cy Young voting. That year he had a 2.41 ERA in 164 innings pitched.
Fister has also pitched over 100 innings in the past seven years. At the very least he has been durable. Which is something the Angels pitching staff could use. If the Angels can sign him to a cheap one year contract, there wouldn’t be a whole lot of downsides. It would resemble the signing of Tim Lincecum last year. There could be the great upside of him helping out the pitching staff and going beyond expectations. Or, like Lincecum, it won’t really work out and in the end he’ll just be released or sent down to the minors.
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Fister will most likely be signing with a team sooner than later, as there are plenty of teams throughout the league that are in dire need of a starting pitcher. If the Angels liked what they saw from him during his pitching showcase, then hopefully Fister will be in a Halo uniform by the end of the week.