Report: Detroit Tigers Trade Doug Fister to Washington Nationals

Oct 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning in game four of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

According to a Tweet by MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo, the Detroit Tigers have agreed to trade Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals. We’re still awaiting official word on the details.

The move isn’t a complete surprise — the Tigers have long been rumored to be shopping starting pitchers this offseason — but it’s somewhat of a surprise that it’s Fister, not Porcello, that has been dealt. Fister will likely be both (1) cheaper and (2) better over his final two seasons of team control, which improves his trade value, but Detroit is trying to win now, so a Fister deal would have to include some sort of quality MLB-ready piece (whereas a Porcello deal wouldn’t necessarily have to).

Fister’s upcoming second-year arbitration contract has been estimated at $6.9 million by MLB Trade Rumors. Fister owned a 3.29 ERA in his two-and-a-half seasons with the Tigers.

We’ll keep you updated as news comes out, but as of now no return package has been reported.

UPDATE: Lynn Henning has the return package:

I’ll have to digest this, but I’m not very excited about the deal right now.

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Doug Fister

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  • Darlene Langley

    You guys are going to like Steve Lombardozzi. He is a good pinch hitter, plays a great second base, can play all of the infield positions and left field. He is very versatile and has a wonderful attitude. He’s a class guy. We will miss him here in DC. PS–he can bunt too.

    • chrisHannum

      I should probably hold off on judgment of Lombardozzi until at least April, but right now it’s hard to see him as anything but a redundant second Don’t Kelly…

  • J Mitchell

    yikes! As a Tiger fan, don’t see much to help win it all this year in the trade, unless it is freeing up money for a free agent lined up by Dave D.

  • J Mitchell

    but you will love fister even more

  • Darlene Langley

    Yeah, we will love Fister. Comments by Nats fans in general are positive. Why do I get the feeling the Tigers fans recognized his value to the team more than management did?

    • chrisHannum

      Management has a velocity fetish.

  • Darlene Langley

    Velocity don’t mean everything. It’s wins that count. Doesn’t Fister have the AL record for most strikeouts in a row? Who cares if he is a sinkerballer if he gets guys out? Besides, I think its good to have someone who throws a bit differently in between the fireballers to give the batters a different look. I admit that is not a fashionable idea these days.

  • Barry2

    I thought Fister was going to be traded over Porcello because I felt that Fister is on he declined and Porcello is improving.

  • chrisHannum

    The timing and bizarrely low price make it look like the Tigers were contemplating non-tendering Fister. That’s just inconceivable, right?

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