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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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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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