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Rangers Finalize One-Year Deal With Starting Pitcher Doug Fister



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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy



New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.

Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado



Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson



The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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