The Texas Rangers and veteran right hander Doug Fister have agreed to terms, pending a physical, per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. The deal is a one-year deal, worth $4 million, and can escalate to $7 million, due to incentives, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The deal also includes a team option for the 2019 season.
Fister, 33, spent his 2017 season playing with the Boston Red Sox. Fister was claimed off waivers in the middle of the season by Boston, and helped surge them to win the American League East Division. Fister pitched 90 1/3 innings and had a 4.88 ERA.
Fister will help the Rangers solve their starting pitching needs. The Rangers seem to lack durable starters, after Yu Darvish was traded to the Dodgers and Andrew Cashner hit the free agency market. Fister will pitch alongside veteran Cole Hamels and Martin Perez with the Rangers, as they look to overtake the reigning world champion, Houston Astros, in the AL West division.
Fister has played with the Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros over a span of nine seasons. He owns a record of 82-85, and a 3.68 ERA in the big leagues.