Boston Red Sox Pick Up Starting Pitcher Doug Fister Off Of Waivers From The Angels
The Boston Red Sox starting rotation just got some major league depth.
According to multiple reports the Red Sox have claimed 33-year-old starting pitcher Doug Fister off waivers from the Angels. With Kyle Kendrick being taken off the 40-man roster yesterday this move will likely mean that Boston will place Fister on the 40-man if he accepts the assignment.
The Sox would be on the hook for the remaining $1.75 million of Fister’s current deal for any time spent in the major leagues. The sinkerballer can also earn up to $1 million in incentives as a starter, and $200 as a reliever.
Fister had started three games for the Angels’ Triple-A team, totaling 15 2/3 innings before opting out of his deal with Los Angeles. His best start was his first, allowing one run over five innings.
Last season in 32 starts with Houston, Fister totaled a 12-13 record with a 4.64 ERA. He turned in 2 1/2 solid seasons with Detroit under Dombrowski before having a career year with Washington in 2014, going 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA.
With the uncertain status of Brian Johnson, and Eduardo Rodriguez still injured Fister may be a depth option for the Red Sox’ starting rotation. Another possibility is using him as a reliever, a role he had for 10 games in 2015 (2.12 ERA).