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Rangers Finalize One-Year Deal With Starting Pitcher Doug Fister

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Several sources reported Sunday that the Texas Rangers had agreed on a one-year deal with free agent starting pitcher Doug Fister, pending a physical.

On Tuesday, that deal became official. Texas announced Fister’s deal is for $3.5 million, with a $4.5 million option for 2019 which includes a $500,000 buyout.

Fister, 33, is happy to be the newest member of the Rangers:

“I have played against the Rangers for a while and I have seen how they go about their business and how much of a nuisance they are on the other side of the ball. Definitely wanted to be a part of that group. The Rangers approached me with a quality offer and it was a fair one.”

Texas will be Fister’s sixth team since he made his Major League debut in 2009.

The 6’8” right-hander spent 2017 with the Boston Red Sox after being claimed off waivers on June 23. In 18 games (15 starts), Fister went 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is excited to add the veteran Fister:

“He really seemed to have found something and made some adjustments, and real improvements at the end of last year. That’s something our scouts really picked up on and followed really closely. We saw the success Doug was having at the end of the year with Boston, and it definitely piqued our interest.”

Overall in nine seasons in the bigs, Fister is 82-85 with a 3.68 ERA in 230 games (214 starts).

Fister joins a Rangers pitching staff that finished 21st in baseball in ERA (4.66) last season.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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