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Doug Fister | Starting Pitcher | #38

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

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Rangers signed RHP Doug Fister to a one-year, $4 million contract with a $4.5 million club option for 2019.
The deal was agreed to on Sunday and then finalized Tuesday after Fister passed his physical. It carries a $3.5 million salary for 2018 and a $500,000 buyout on the option for 2019, thus the $4 million guarantee. Fister had a really nice six-week stretch this past season with Boston but still finished with an underwhelming 4.88 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 90 1/3 total innings. The 33-year-old right-hander will likely be a fourth or fifth starter in Texas, under the strong assumption that the Rangers aren't done adding pitching. Nov 28 - 5:05 PM

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Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that Doug Fister has agreed to a major league contract with the Rangers, pending a physical.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo says it's a one-year, $4 million deal with a club option for 2019. Fister didn't sign on anywhere this past season until mid-May and didn't pitch in the majors until late June after back-to-back disappointing years. He held a 4.88 ERA for the Red Sox, but his velocity and strikeouts were up and he posted a 2.79 ERA during a seven-start stretch from late July to early September. Fister will be part of the Rangers' rotation but the club surely isn't done adding starters.
Nov 26 - 3:29 PM

Doug Fister was knocked around by the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits over 1 1/3 innings of work.

Fister walked one and struck out one while recording just four outs in the contest. All of the damage came in the first inning, capped off by a two-run blast off the bat of Carlos Correa. It's unclear at the moment if Fister will draw another start if the Red Sox advance to the ALCS.
Oct 8 - 6:20 PM

Doug Fister will start for the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Astros.

Chris Sale is starting Game 1 on Thursday in Houston and Drew Pomeranz will handle Game 2. Rick Porcello could get the ball in a potential Game 4. Eduardo Rodriguez made the ALDS roster but is probably going to work in relief.
Oct 5 - 1:33 PM

Doug Fister yielded three runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Friday.

Alex Bregman had his number on this night, driving home a run with a double in the third inning before slugging a two-run shot in the fifth inning. Fister gave up five hits and one walk while striking out five. The veteran right-hander has had his moments this season, but he faded in September and will wrap up the year with a 4.88 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 15 starts and three relief appearances.
Sep 29 - 10:45 PM

Doug Fister got a no-decision on Sunday, giving up three runs in 5 1/3 inning to the Reds.

Fister did give up three runs, but he also was able to strike out nine, so we'll call it a mixed effort. It's been hit-and-miss -- for lack of a better term -- for the right-hander this year. He has shown flashes of dominance, struggles, and everything in between. Fister will likely make his next start on Friday against the Astros.
Sep 24 - 4:41 PM

Doug Fister gave up five runs and walked five in two-plus innings Monday against the Orioles.

So much for all those warm feelings for Fister; he's given up 11 runs in his last two start after allowing just five in his previous four. We wouldn't completely write him off just yet -- he is throwing harder now than he has the last couple of years -- but he should again be considered a fallback for the postseason rotation, not a frontrunner.
Sep 18 - 11:49 PM

Doug Fister was tagged for six runs in four innings Wednesday in a loss to the A's.

Fister gave up more runs tonight than in his previous four starts combined. Per usual, he struggled in the first, but this time he gave up four runs, rather than one or two. As well as he's throwing overall, the Red Sox really need to figure out his first-inning troubles if they're going to start him in the postseason (if they get to the postseason).
Sep 14 - 12:36 AM

Doug Fister pitched seven innings of one-run ball and struck out nine Wednesday as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-1.

It's happening over and over again; Fister gets scored upon in the first inning and then comes back and shuts an offense down for the rest of the night. As incredible as this would have been to believe a few months ago, Fister might be in Boston's postseason rotation even if all of the other options are healthy. He's allowed four runs over 30 innings in his last four starts, and while he's surely not this good, it doesn't really look like a fluke.
Sep 6 - 11:37 PM

Doug Fister’s resurgence continued on Friday, as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Yankees.

Fister gave up an RBI double to Aaron Judge in the first inning, but he shut down the Yankees from there. The veteran right-hander gave up four hits in all while fanning five and walking just one. He’s gone at least seven innings with two earned runs or fewer in each of his last three starts, something he hasn’t done since his first season with the Nationals in 2014. He’ll try to keep it going against the Blue Jays at home next time out.
Sep 1 - 10:14 PM

Doug Fister took a loss Sunday despite holding the Orioles to two earned runs over seven innings.

Boston's offense provided Fister with only run of support. The veteran right-hander struck out seven, issued two walks, and gave up five hits while dropping to 3-7 on the season with a 4.53 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He turned in a one-hit complete game in his previous outing Tuesday versus the Indians. Up next is a road start against the rival Yankees.
Aug 27 - 5:12 PM

Doug Fister turned back the clock Tuesday, spinning a one-hit complete game in the Red Sox' 9-1 win over the Indians.

Fister entered the night with a 5.56 ERA on the season and was roughed up by the same Indians in his last start. He permitted 11 baserunners over just 4 1/3 frames in that outing last week but yielded only the one hit and a couple walks in an unexpected gem Tuesday, shutting down the Tribe's offense after Francisco Lindor led off the bottom of the first with a home run. It's Fister's first complete game in three seasons. Fister will take on the Orioles at Fenway on Sunday and it's hard to trust him as a fantasy option even after his beauty Tuesday.
Aug 23 - 12:10 AM

Doug Fister allowed five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Indians.

Fister walked four batters and gave up seven hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the top of the fifth inning. The veteran right-hander has a rough 5.56 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 43 2/3 innings this season and really doesn't deserve another turn in the Red Sox rotation.
Aug 14 - 9:27 PM

Doug Fister gave up three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Sunday in a win over the White Sox.

Fister allowed eight hits, but he struck out seven batters while issuing zero walks and Boston's offense backed him with six runs in the afternoon victory at Fenway Park. Fister has a 5.03 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 39 1/3 innings (six starts, three relief appearances) this season.
Aug 6 - 4:41 PM

Doug Fister lasted 7 2/3 innings and allowed just two runs Monday in a victory over the Indians.

This was an upset; Fister had been 0-5 with a 7.46 ERA for Boston, with his longest start clocking in at six innings. The strong showing will definitely keep him in the rotation for at least a couple of more starts, not that anyone should be picking him up in fantasy leagues.
Aug 1 - 12:07 AM