Rangers Finalize One-Year Deal With Starting Pitcher Doug Fister

Michael Dwyer, Associated Press

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.