The Tigers moved another chunk of salary and opened up a rotation spot for young arm Drew Smyly. Detroit didn’t get much in return, but from their perspective it was more about clearing the slot for Smyly.
The Nationals get a very nice middle of the rotation arm for a mid-level prospect (Robbie Ray) and a utility player (Steve Lombardozzi). Fister should step right in behind Strephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Jordan Zimmerman and fill out the Nats rotation nicely offering an upgrade from Dan Haren who struggled last season.
In the last two years in Detroit, Fister went 24-19 with a 3.57 ERA. He had logged 160+ innings in each of the last four seasons between Seattle and Detroit. As a fantasy player, he doesn’t offer huge strikeout numbers, but can be a solid contributor in ERA, WHIP, and wins.
If you’re looking to fill in your rotation towards the end of your mixed league draft, I think Fister could be in for a slight improvement as he moves to the National League which typically helps pitchers drop their ERA. He’s also moving out of Comerica Park which is a hitters park into a more neutral location in DC.
I think Fister should definitely be on your radar if you need to fill in your rotation and can give a little in K’s in order to boost your WHIP and ERA. Throughout the season, he may be available for streaming purposes in some leagues as well.
Make sure to come back throughout the offseason as we build up to Opening Day and throughout the season for plenty of fantasy baseball coverage including streaming starter help in which Fister may be featured if he’s available at that point in the season.