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Doug Fister | Starting Pitcher | #58

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/4/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'8" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 7 (0) / SEA

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by a National League executive that teams have been reluctant to sign free agent Doug Fister because his stuff is "marginal."
Fister has been holding out for a major league deal but teams want to see how he looks in the minors before making that commitment. Interest in Fister has been scant but his market could develop as injuries mount across the league.The right-hander holds a lackluster 4.48 ERA over his last two seasons. Apr 15 - 10:45 PM
Source: Boston Globe

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets "have looked at" Doug Fister.

However, Heyman adds that Fister is still holding out for a major league contract. Fister is now 33 and holds a 4.48 ERA and 1.42 WHIP across 283 1/3 innings over the last two seasons, so he probably can't afford to be too picky at this point. The Mets wouldn't mind adding rotation depth with Steven Matz (forearm) and Seth Lugo (elbow) on the disabled list and Zack Wheeler's health far from a sure thing. Fister obviously didn't pitch for any team this spring, so he would need time in the minors to build his stamina up.
Apr 7 - 12:20 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Royals have expressed interested in free agent right-hander Doug Fister.

The Royals have been looking to add a starter since the tragic death of Yordano Ventura last month. Fister has gotten a few nibbles this offseason—the Mariners, Marlins, Padres and Pirates have all shown varying degrees of interest—but remains on the market. The 33-year-old has an impressive track record but is coming off a down year in Houston (12-13, 4.64 ERA). The Royals have also checked in on former Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 4 - 5:32 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Padres have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Doug Fister.

The Padres set out to remake their entire rotation this winter and have already added the likes of Jhoulys Chacin, Tyrell Jenkins and Zach Lee to the mix. Fister struggled with the Astros in 2016, registering a 4.64 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 115/62 K/BB ratio over 180 1/3 innings. A move to the National League and the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park would certainly be a boon to his fantasy outlook.
Jan 7 - 11:07 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network confirms the Mariners have interest in free agent starter Doug Fister.

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune was first to report news of the M's interest back in late November. They're likely just waiting for his asking price to fall. Fister makes for a decent buy-low in this weak free agent pitching market after registering a 4.64 ERA and 115/62 K/BB ratio in 180 1/3 innings this past season for the Astros. He had a 3.24 ERA in 853 2/3 innings between 2011-2015 and is only 32 years old. Seattle is a pretty great fit for a rebound.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 10:30:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins are showing "some interest" in Doug Fister.

But the primary focus for Miami at the moment is a front-line closer (think Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen). Fister should come pretty cheap this winter after posting an underwhelming 4.64 ERA and 115/62 K/BB ratio in 180 1/3 innings this summer for Houston.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 03:11:00 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that free agent right-hander Doug Fister is a "name of interest" for the Mariners.

The Mariners picked up Rob Whalen and Max Povse from the Braves in the Alex Jackson trade on Monday, but they are looking for some veteran depth after parting with Taijuan Walker in the Jean Segura deal late last week. Fister, who was originally drafted by the Mariners in 2006, is coming off a 4.64 ERA and 115/62 K/BB ratio over 180 1/3 innings with the Astros this past season. The Mariners are considering additional options, including those on the trade block.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 11:49:00 AM

Doug Fister was torched for five earned runs in just 1 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mariners.

Fister walked one and gave up five hits, including a three-run homer to Robinson Cano in the top of the first inning. The impending free agent right-hander posted an 11.79 ERA across six ugly starts in September and finishes the 2016 season with a record of 12-13. Fister may have to settle for a get-right one-year deal on the open market, though the lack of quality starting pitching options will probably help his case.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 05:44:00 PM

Doug Fister gave up two runs over five innings a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

Both runs scored in the second inning. Fister managed to finish five innings for just the third time in his last eight starts. The control has gotten worse and he has an ugly 7.36 ERA over his last nine starts, so there’s little fantasy appeal here.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 12:07:00 AM

Doug Fister was obliterated in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering seven runs on eight hits over his 3 2/3 innings.

Fister walked two and struck out three on the forgettable afternoon. Seth Smith single-handedly inflicted most of the pain against him, blasting a solo homer in the third inning and adding a three-run blast in the fourth. Fister will look to improve upon his 4.45 ERA and 1.41 WHIP when he takes on the Angels at home on Friday.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 06:46:00 PM

Doug Fister got smacked around for six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of work in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

He pitched from the stretch all night by allowing 14 baserunners -- nine hits, three walks and two hit batsmen. He struck out just two on the night, which plays into a theme for Fister. He has struggled to miss bats all year, fanning only 104 batters in 165 1/3 innings for a 5.66 K/9 that is one of the lowest in the league. He falls to 12-11 with a 4.14 ERA heading into a two-start week.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 11:28:00 PM

Doug Fister was tagged for a season-high eight runs (seven earned) over 3 2/3 innings in Friday’s loss to the Rangers.

The Rangers plated two runs in the second inning, but the wheels completely came off for Fister in the fourth inning. He gave up six runs in the frame before being pulled, including homers from Carlos Beltran and Rougned Odor. All told, Fister gave up a season-high 10 hits while walking one. He failed to strike out any of the 23 batters he faced. His ERA jumped to 3.91 with the ugly outing, his highest mark since late May. He’ll try to bounce back against the Indians on the road next week.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 12:26:00 AM

Doug Fister failed to make it out of the fifth inning Sunday in the Astros' loss to the Rays.

He gave up four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and a walk while striking out just one Tampa Bay hitter. Fister was coming off an excellent start last Monday versus the Pirates. He'll carry a 12-9 record and 3.60 ERA into his next scheduled outing on the road versus the Rangers.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 05:36:00 PM

Doug Fister whiffed six batters over seven shutout frames in Monday's 3-1 victory over the Pirates.

Fister had the sinker going in this one, as he surrendered just three hits and a walk over seven brilliant innings. He had thrown only 92 pitches through his seven frames but was pinch-hit for in the top of the eighth as the Astros tried to tack on runs. Fister's game score of 76 was his highest mark of the season. He'll take on the Rays on Sunday.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 09:57:00 PM

Doug Fister surrendered four earned runs over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

St. Louis pounced for three runs in the third inning on singles by Stephen Piscotty and Yadier Molina and then Jeremy Hazelbaker hit an absolute bomb of a solo shot in the top of the fourth. Fister gave up seven hits in all while walking one and striking out only three. He now stands 11-8 on the year with a 3.76 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 95/49 K/BB ratio in 146 innings.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 05:14:00 PM

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