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Pitcher Doug Fister signs a one year deal with the Houston Astros

Adrian Garro of Fox Sports on Thursday has reported the news that the Houston Astros on Thursday have signed former Detroit Tigers right handed pitcher Doug Fister to a one year, $7 million dollar contract.

Fister was a seventh round draft choice of the Seattle Mariners in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of California State University Fresno. Fister made his debut in the Major Leagues on August 8, 2009 with the Mariners.

Fister has pitched for the Seattle Mariners from 2009-2011, the Detroit Tigers from 2011-2013 and the Washington Nationals from 2014-2015. Fister had a pitching record of 5 wins and 7 losses with an earned run average of 4.19 in 15 games started and 10 games as a relief pitcher.

Fister wanted a two year, $22 million dollar contract as a free agent. He was able to sign a one year deal with the Astros for $7 million dollars on Thursday since there were not many teams in the Major Leagues that wanted to sign him to a two year contract after he had a losing pitching record for the Nationals during the 2015 baseball season.

Fister will be joining the Astros who will have a strong starting pitching staff that includes Dallas Kuechel, Collin McHugh and Lance McCullers. Fister is likely to be the number four starting pitcher in the Astros starting pitching staff by the time the 2016 Major League Baseball season begins in April.

The Astros are hoping that Fister's pitching performance with the Nationals in the 2015 baseball season was just a bad year and not a sign that he is past his prime as a starting pitcher in the Major Leagues.

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lookatdesktop wrote on January 28, 2016, 7:18 PM

I will be looking for this man Fister, in April. The Houston Astros is in my state. I wonder what his record speed at pitching will be this year.

JohnRoberts wrote on January 28, 2016, 8:17 PM

This is a great gamble by the Astros. If Fister returns anywhere near his pre-2015 form, Houston's starting staff will be even more formidable.

FourWalls wrote on January 28, 2016, 11:37 PM

I think he just had a bad year. Of course, I think the Washington Nationals are "snake bit," or "cursed," or whatever you want to call it (they start like gangbusters then they collapse like a house of toothpicks in a tornado at the end of the year), so getting away from that team will probably help a lot. (I'm not a big fan of the Nationals' new manager, Dusty Baker. He used to be the Reds' manager and he was good at getting them to the playoffs, then failing to advance.)

Deepizzaguy wrote on January 29, 2016, 6:48 PM

As an Astros fan I hope he can pitch for the team like he did in 2014 with the Nationals. I guess 2015 was just an off year for him and the Nationals.