Nationals Steal Doug Fister From Tigers – FanGraphs
So, in exchange for Fister, the Nationals surrendered a non-elite pitching prospect who has pitched a half season at Double-A and probably won’t rank in anyone’s Top 100 next spring, plus a couple of role players who might or might not end up amounting to anything. And in return, they’re getting two years of a very good starting pitcher at far below market prices. This trade is nothing short of a bonanza for the Nationals.
Doug Fister trade is a terrible deal for the Tigers – Bless You Boys
In this package, the Tigers have not upgraded any part of the team. In fact, so far this off season, they have managed to downgrade the lineup as they’ve lost two of their three most productive hitters, downgrade their rotation losing Fister, downgrade the bullpen losing Benoit, Veras, and now Smyly, and even downgraded their bench with what will replace what they had.
First off, let’s just say the Nationals got a steal in this trade. Anthony Rendon is still a National and so is Lucas Giolito. The bad news is the Nationals lost home-town kid Steve Lombardozzi and the fifth best prospect Robbie Ray. But if you really think about it, Ray is about two years away from the big leagues and Lombardozzi isn’t going to make a huge impact on the club in the near future.
The Tigers likely are far from done on their offseason shopping. They still intend to revamp, at least slightly, their outfield situation, with focus on left field.
There’s a bottom line here. The Tigers are shooting to win a World Series next season. I know Fister would have played his part, and played it well. I don’t know about these three players. Do you?