The LA Angels made headlines earlier this season when they gave veteran pitcher Doug Fister a contract. It made sense for the Angels, whose rotation had been hit hard by injuries. However, the Halos released Fister Wednesday.
The LA Angels made a low-risk signing by bringing in Doug Fister last month. He was immediately shipped to the minors. He was added to the 40-man roster, and for the Halos, it was a move that could have brought great benefits and ultimately did not cost them much.
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Fister did not enjoy a great minor league campaign this season. He made three starts for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, and ultimately found himself with a 4.02 ERA. He allowed only one earned runs in each of his first two starts. However, he allowed five earned runs over five innings in his last start. He also allowed a total of 16 hits in 15.2 innings, which is not what you hope to see from someone trying to pitch in the majors.
He also had 10 strikeouts to 5 walks, not a great number for Fister. Opponents also had a .281 batting average against Fister. Giving up that many hits in the majors is not going to go over well in the majors, where teams are better at producing runs.
Fister’s MLB career is most likely over after his recent stint. While there were other teams interested in Fister before the Angels signed him, he did not do anything in the minors to warrant further interest.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, and San Francisco Giants could all reach out to bolster their rotations. If that doesn’t happen, the former Cy Young candidate may try to comeback again next season, but it seems as if Fister’s clock has run out.