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Washington Post Feb 3, 2016

Nats Journal: On rotational depth and where to find it

Jordan Zimmermann is a Detroit Tiger now, and Doug Fister is a Houston Astro. That leaves Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark and Joe Ross as the 2016 Nationals rotation, one with less room for injuries or underperformance than last year’s depth could endure. Read full article >>
Athletics Nation Jan 30, 2016

Doug Fister vs. Rich Hill: Which AL West team got the better bounce-back pitcher?

On Friday, the Houston Astros signed free agent pitcher Doug Fister to a one-year contract with a guaranteed salary of $7 million and an additional $5 million in performance bonuses. That may seem like a nice salary, but in a landscape in which Mike Leake got $80 million and Ian Kennedy got $70 million (both on five-year commitments), you can see how Fister is on the low end of today's pay grade for veteran starters. Furthermore, the structure of the deal says it all -- when there is an incentive for reaching 100 innings, the message is that this pitcher is a big risk. Meanwhile, back in...
Bless You Boys Jan 29, 2016

Mailbag: Why didn't the Tigers sign Doug Fister?

The Astros inked the former Tigers righthander to an incentive-laden one-year deal on Thursday. Two years ago, the Detroit Tigers surprised baseball -- and this blog, in particular -- when they traded righthander Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals. The return on that trade was questionable at the time, and is still unproven today, though Shane Greene has shown flashes of lofty potential. Fister posted a 2.41 ERA and 4.5 rWAR for the Nationals in 2014, but has missed time on the disabled list over the past two years, totaling 267 innings. Fister's decline was ill-timed as he hit free...
CSN Washington Jan 28, 2016

PHOTOS: First pictures of Doug Fister in Astros uniform

It is always strange to see good players in new uniforms after they change teams. It happened to Doug Fister on Thursday, as he put on his Astros jersey.
Bless You Boys Jan 28, 2016

The Tigers' spring training uniforms are awful and you should feel bad

I can't see. Why. Just, why? I mean, the navy hat is okay, and the jerseys aren't bad at all. But that hat. That's not just orange, that's deer hunting levels of orange. Going for bold is one thing, but this is something else entirely. On the bright (sorry not sorry) side, at least you all have new gear for hunting season ... several months in advance. It's versatile! My head hurts.
Bless You Boys Jan 28, 2016

Detroit Tigers links: The Tigers won the offseason

Projection systems aren't on the hype train, but the Tigers had the best offseason in the AL Central. Grading teams in February is dangerous. Last offseason, everyone was all aboard the San Diego Padres hype train after they retooled their roster in one busy winter. The Washington Nationals have been proclaimed World Series champions multiple times in the past three years with only one division title to show for it. Everyone loved what the Boston Red Sox did last winter and they finished in last place. So when our friends at MLB Daily Dish group the Detroit Tigers among the winners of the...
Bless You Boys Jan 28, 2016

Justin Upton's power should play well in Comerica Park

How will the newest Tiger fit into his new home ballpark after a slightly down year in San Diego? The ballpark fits, and there are reasons to think big years are ahead of him. Measurement of a baseball stadium's park factors is still far from perfect science. The vagaries of weather, changes in the ballpark's dimensions, and the ability to factor out differences in the players involved all make for inconclusive results. For years, Petco Park, located close to the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, has been considered one of the least friendly parks in the game for hitters. This may be related to...
Bless You Boys Jan 28, 2016

Statcast shows the Tigers' pitching staff might be better than it looks

MLB's new data collection service, Statcast, offers a revolutionary look into pitching. There was a time when the movement of a pitched baseball was still a very mysterious subject, described by those who played the game only in anecdotal terms. The curve of a curveball was still supposed by some to be nothing but an illusion. The "hop" of a fastball just a trick played on the batter's eye by the stitching. A 1959 article in Popular Mechanics was the first to scientifically explain to the general baseball-watching public that yes, in fact the laws of aerodynamics make perfectly clear that a...
Bless You Boys Jan 28, 2016

Why Justin Upton's opt out clause is a good thing for the Tigers

Opt out clauses are bad business, but Justin Upton's is less bad than you think. Three years ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Zack Greinke to a six-year, $147 million contract. Already a legitimate ace, Greinke evolved into one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball in Los Angeles, and posted an MLB-best 1.66 ERA in 2015. Thanks to a specific clause in his contract, Greinke opted out of his contract with the Dodgers and signed an even bigger deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason. Bad news for L.A., right? Well, yeah. But, for some reason, every free agent and their brother...
MASN Sports Jan 23, 2016

Another look at Yovani Gallardo, Doug Fister and the pitching market - Steve Melewski

Another look at Yovani Gallardo, Doug Fister, O's in-house rotation options
CSN Washington Jan 22, 2016

Orioles showing interest in Nats free agent P Doug Fister

A free agent after pitching two years with the Nationals, Doug Fister has at least one team keeping a close eye on him.
Washington Post Jan 21, 2016

Nats Journal: What should be expected of the Nationals’ rotation in 2016?

One year ago Thursday, Nationals President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo helped Max Scherzer put on a Nationals jersey for the first time. Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister had long since been fitted for theirs, so the deepest starting rotation in baseball coalesced in white and red. That rotation was so deep that a 15-game winner suddenly constituted a contingency plan, so deep that prospects who nearly had elbowed into rotation spots a year before were suddenly boxed out of the major league roster.Read full article >>
River Ave. Blues Jan 19, 2016

Curry: Indications are Yankees will not pursue Doug Fister

According to Jack Curry, indications are the Yankees will not pursue free agent right-hander Doug Fister. He’s said to be seeking a two-year deal worth $10M to $11M per season, and hey, in this market, who can blame him? You can’t get what you don’t ask for. Fister, 31, battled injury and ineffectiveness last season. […] The post Curry: Indications are Yankees will not pursue Doug Fister appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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