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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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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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