Mar 3, 2016; Clearwater, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws a pitch in the second inning the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
UPDATE: Details of Fister’s Contract
Fister will be paid a salary of $1.75 million upon being called to the Majors. In the minors he will receive $100,000. Both are pro-rated based on service time. If he makes 20 starts, he could receive up to an additional $1 million in incentives, and up to $200,000 for 45 relief appearances.
There is also an opt-out for June 21 if Fister is not called up by that time.
As for the corresponding move, it didn’t come until the Angels finally announced the signing two days after the move was originally reported.
Andrew Bailey was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster. During a bullpen session. Bailey felt a twinge in his shoulder where inflammation landed him on the DL. No timetable has been set for the former star closer’s return.
After several days of news outlets speculating and reporting that he was close to signing, veteran right-gander Doug Fister has a agreed to a Major League contract with the Angels. The journeyman starter agreed to begin his season in the minors as a sort of late spring training to get himself ready.
Fister has seen his ERA go up the last two seasons to 4.64 in 180 innings in 2016 with the Houston Astros. That’s mainly attributed to hike in his walk rate. His velocity has dipped into the high 80’s range while still able to get over 90. But with Martin Maldonado behind the plate, a pitcher friendly ballpark, and Charles Nagy turning several of his uncertain pitchers around by having them utilize two-seam fastballs in place of four-seamers, this may very well be the right place for Fister to contribute and rebuild his value.
Or, his percentages continue to climb. Either way, the Halos have found a starter who can give them innings.
Fister probably won’t be with the big club until June, which gives current starters time to step up and save their spots if needed. The one arm that Fister would likely replace as of right now would be Alex Meyer. Or, if Meyer and others perform well, Fister could also serve as an additional multi inning reliever out of the bullpen.
So regardless of whether or not Fister performs as a starter, there are plenty of options.