Doug Fister has been traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Washington Nationals

The Tigers have traded Doug Fister, clearing room for Scherzer and maybe more?

12/3/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Oct 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA;  Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning in game four of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY SportsThe Detroit Tigers have traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and pitchers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.

Ray is a solid 22-year old pitching prospect, and could end up being the best player in the deal in the long run. Lombardozzi is 25, can play multiple positions well, and isn't much of a hitter. Krol had a 3.95 ERA for the Nationals in 2013 in 32 relief appearances. He's also only 22, so he definitely has time to improve.

For now, however, it seems like the Tigers made this deal mostly as a salary dump. Fister wasn't exactly being paid a fortune, but the Tigers are doing whatever they can to ensure they have some extra payroll to throw at 2013 Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.

With Prince Fielder going to the Rangers and now Fister heading to Washington, it almost looks like the Tigers are making room for more than just Scherzer.

UPDATE: The Tigers are near a deal with closer Joe Nathan, which might be where Fister's money is going.

On the flip side, Fister will provide the Nationals with another solid arm to go along with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez.

In 2013, Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA. He had a career high WHIP of 1.31, which might be a bit concerning, but you have to assume that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and his people have done their homework.

What do you think? Who wins this trade? The Tigers cleared up some room and it's essentially a Nathan-for-Fister trade if that contract becomes official. The Nationals didn't lose much off their big league roster and got a solid arm in return. Who wins?
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12/5/13   |   jaysinw   |   4983 respect

Makes sense for the Tigers Fister is a fine pitcher and if he continues to get better it would not go well for the Tigers at the end of 2014. Fister's 1st yr of Arbitration. Lombardozzi if given the chance to play every day will surprise many people, so the question is will he find a home with the Tigers. The Nationals have been looking for that #4 starter and one who may be the #2 of the future and Fister has the goods lets see if he can put it all together.  

12/3/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I don't get it for the Tigers. If they wanted to clear salary, why not trade Porcello? Of course, if anyone's earned the benefit of the doubt, it's Dombrowski.