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Doug Fister | Starting Pitcher | #58

Team: Los Angeles Angels
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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Angels released RHP Doug Fister.
Fister had a June 21 opt-out in his one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Angels and he has decided to exercise it. The 33-year-old right-hander posted a 4.02 ERA and 10/5 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings (three starts) at Triple-A Salt Lake. He's now free to sign with a new team. Jun 21 - 3:38 PM

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia is still deciding where Doug Fister will make his next start.

Fister made his third start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and can opt out of his deal if he's not called up by Wednesday. The Angels just lost Matt Shoemaker to a forearm injury, though it's possible he only misses one start. Fister hasn't looked particularly sharp in the minors, producing a 4.02 ERA over 15 2/3 innings.
Jun 17 - 7:35 PM

Doug Fister scattered five hits and one run over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in his second start for Triple-A Salt Lake.

He walked two and struck out one while throwing 50 of his 89 pitches for strikes. Fister's fastball was sitting between 89-90 mph. Now that he's had a few starts to dust off the cobwebs, it should be only a matter of time until Fister is called up to join the Halos' starting rotation.
Jun 11 - 5:09 PM

Doug Fister tossed five innings of one-run ball in his debut Tuesday with Triple-A Salt Lake.

Fister allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out seven batters. He threw 69 pitches, 47 of them for strikes. The veteran right-hander could be cleared to join the Angels' rotation after one or two more minor league outings, assuming they go as well as Tuesday's did. Fister signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Anaheim on May 18.
Jun 7 - 2:06 PM

Doug Fister will make his debut with Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday night.

Fister signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Angels on May 18 and had been working out at their spring training complex in Arizona for the last couple of weeks. He holds a rough 4.48 ERA over the last two seasons at the major league level, but the 33-year-old right-hander will probably join the Anaheim rotation before the end of June.
Jun 6 - 5:06 PM

Doug Fister is scheduled to pitch in extended spring training on Thursday.

The Angels signed Fister on May 18. He is expected to throw four innings during Thursday's extended spring outing, his first time pitching in a game this season. He will move on to Triple-A once he has shaken off a little bit of the rust. The veteran right-hander's contract contains an opt-out clause for June 21 if he has not made the big league club by that point. In his last two seasons, Fister owns a 4.48 ERA over 183 1/3 innings.
May 31 - 9:23 PM

According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Doug Fister's contract with the Angels includes an out-clause if he's not in the majors by June 21.

Fister signed a major league deal with the Angels last Thursday, but he'll spend some time in the minors to get tuned up to join the rotation. If all goes well, he should be ready around the middle of June. According to Chris Cotillo of, Fister will receive a pro-rated base salary of $1.75 million in the majors, with the chance for $1.2 million with incentives.
May 22 - 1:33 PM

Angels optioned RHP Doug Fister to High-A Inland Empire.

Fister signed a major league deal on Thursday but will need some time before he's ready to join the Angels' starting rotation. He'll work out in Arizona before joining Triple-A Salt Lake for a rehab assignment, so Fister will never actually pitch for Inland Empire. The Angels transferred Andrew Bailey (shoulder) to the 60-day DL to make room for Fister on the 40-man roster.
May 20 - 4:16 PM

Angels signed RHP Doug Fister.

Fister will join the Angels in June after getting a few starts to dust off the cobwebs in the minors. The right-hander also drew interest from the Blue Jays, Giants, Marlins and Mets. The Angels' rotation has been better than expected this year (4.04 ERA over 245 innings) but they still have innings to fill with Tyler Skaggs (oblique) and Garrett Richards (biceps) both on the disabled list. Fister has never been a hard-thrower and sports a lackluster 4.48 ERA over his last two seasons. His fantasy prospects are minimal at best.
May 18 - 4:31 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen told Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports that the club is probably out on free agent right-hander Doug Fister.

The Diamondbacks were mentioned as a possibility for Fister after Shelby Miller required Tommy John surgery, but Zack Godley has pitched well since joining the rotation. It was reported last week that Fister was close to signing with a team, but we haven't heard a peep on the matter since. It's unclear what might have changed. Joel Sherman of the New York Post recently indicated that Fister isn't expected to sign with the Mets, Blue Jays, or Marlins, leaving the Giants or Angels among the originally-reported teams. Fister, 33, owns a mediocre 4.48 ERA over the past two seasons.
May 16 - 8:53 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that free agent right-hander Doug Fister is not expected to sign with the Mets.

Sherman hears that the Angels are believed to be one serious consideration, though Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports is reporting that he's likely to land with a National League team. Fister has also been linked to the Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, and Giants. Speculation about the Mets is understandable given the issues in their rotation, but apparently the team's interest wasn't very strong.
May 9 - 11:14 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent right-hander Doug Fister is close to signing with a team.

Heyman writes that Fister will "more likely" sign with a National League team. It's worth noting that he has been linked to the Mets in recent days, though Chris Cotillo of SB Nation writes that the Diamondbacks, Angels, Blue Jays, and Giants are also in the mix. Fister will presumably need some tuneup starts in the minors before joining a major league rotation. The veteran right-hander owns a 4.48 ERA over the past two seasons.
May 9 - 10:32 AM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Mets are considering signing free agent starter Doug Fister.

Cotillo adds that they're one of four clubs that's watched Fister throw recently. The Mets are dealing with multiple injuries in their rotation and Robert Gsellman is off to a disappointing start, leaving their depth suddenly thin. Rafael Montero is currently filling the No. 5 spot, but it's possible the Mets would view Fister as an upgrade. The veteran sinkerballer holds a pedestrian 4.48 ERA over his last two seasons.
May 7 - 11:20 AM

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.
Source: Boston Globe
Apr 15 - 10:45 PM

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

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