current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
SP | 6'8", 210 lbs. | Washington
Birth Date:February 4, 1984 (30 years old) Place of Birth:Merced, CA Hometown:Merced, CA
Drafted:Drafted by Seattle in 2006 (7th round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Detroit in 2013.
Drafted:Drafted by Seattle in 2006 (7th round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Detroit in 2013.
|Assets:||Has an incredibly lanky frame and a delivery that is rather deceptive for most hitters. Is a good battler when on the mound. Pitches to contact.|
|Flaws:||Lacks a true strikeout pitch and tends to surrender a few too many hits, which leads to big innings. Has trouble keeping the ball down in the zone.|
|Career Potential:||Solid starter with pitching savvy.|
Movements & Injuries
|2/01/2014||Re-signed by the Washington Nationals to a one-year contract.|
|12/03/2013||Acquired from the Detroit Tigers.|
|1/18/2013||Re-signed by the Detroit Tigers to a one-year contract.|
|8/31/2012||Missed 9 games (right groin).|
|8/21/2012||Right groin, day-to-day.|
|6/15/2012||Missed 14 games (left side).|
|5/30/2012||Left side, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 29th, 2012).|
|5/06/2012||Missed 24 games (rib injury).|
|4/07/2012||Rib injury, 15-day DL.|
|7/30/2011||Acquired from the Seattle Mariners.|
|2/21/2011||Re-signed by the Seattle Mariners to a one-year contract.|
|6/25/2010||Missed 22 games (right shoulder injury).|
|6/06/2010||Right shoulder injury, early September (retroactive to June 1st, 2010).|
|6/04/2010||Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|2/26/2010||Re-signed by the Seattle Mariners to a one-year contract.|
|8/07/2009||Contract purchased from Tacoma (AAA).|
|6/09/2006||Signed by the Seattle Mariners.|
|12/03/2013||Detroit Tigers traded Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for Ian Krol, Robbie Ray and Steve Lombardozzi.|
|7/30/2011||Seattle Mariners traded David Pauley and Doug Fister to the Detroit Tigers for Casper Wells, Francisco Martinez, Charlie Furbush and Chance Ruffin.|
|6/06/2006||Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 7th round in 2006.|
Doug Fister not concerned about elbow injury | 03/08/2014 9:21 AM
NewsDoug Fister said Saturday that he remains unconcerned about the elbow inflammation that caused him to miss Friday's Grapefruit League start.
Andrew Simon on Twitter
ImpactFister indicated it was merely "typical inflammation, so we're treating it day by day." Expect the 30-year-old right-hander to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of the regular season.
Doug Fister (elbow) scratched from start | 03/07/2014 10:00 AM
NewsDoug Fister was scratched from Friday's appearance due to inflammation in his pitching elbow.
Washington Nationals on Twitter
ImpactThere's always concern when the elbow is involved, but Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Fister has already had an MRI, which came back clean. At this point, there's isn't any worry on the Nats' part, but we'll have to see how the righty progresses. Fister will be shut down for a few days before being re-evaluated.
Fister avoids arbitation on $7.2 million deal | 02/01/2014 11:37 AM
NewsNationals and RHP Doug Fister avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.2 million contract.
Joel Sherman on Twitter
ImpactFister can also earn an additional $100,000 for eclipsing the 200 and 210 innings plateaus. The 29-year-old is coming off an impressive three-year run in which he's posted a 3.30 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, and is now moving to the more pitcher-friendly league making him an interesting target in fantasy drafts.
Nationals avoid arbitration with Doug Fister | 02/01/2014 8:29 AM
NewsNationals and RHP Doug Fister avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.
Washington Nationals on Twitter
ImpactFinancial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. Fister requested $8.5 million from the Nats, while the club offered $5.75 million in return, so it's likely they'll meet somewhere in the $7.125 million range. He joins a very talented Nationals rotation and should see a boost in his fantasy value with the move to the National League in 2014.
Doug Fister not expected to get extension | 01/25/2014 12:33 PM
NewsNationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Saturday that he expects Doug Fister to get a one-year deal, rather than reaching an agreement on a contract extension.
William Ladson on Twitter
ImpactRizzo also said the same of Tyler Clippard who is also facing arbitration. When Fister and the Nationals exchanged arbitration figures, there was an extremely large gap, so it will be interesting to see if the two sides can split the difference or they'll wind up actually going to the hearing.
Fister looking for $8.75 M in arbitration | 01/17/2014 7:58 PM
NewsDoug Fister requested $8.5 million and was offered $5.75 million from the Nationals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactIt's one of the larger gaps between what the player and organization requested through the arbitration process this season. The increase from his $3.65 million salary in 2013 was one of the motivating factors for the Tigers to deal Fister to the Nationals for a moderate return package earlier this offseason.
Orioles discussed acquiring Doug Fister | 12/07/2013 8:34 AM
NewsOrioles executive vice president Dan Duquette indicated that they talked to the Tigers about acquiring Doug Fister before he was traded to the Nationals, but that "there wasn't a match".
ImpactThat could very well mean that the O's are still in the market for a starting pitcher. They've been linked to many available pitchers, both starters and relievers, in recent days, and could be a very active club at next week's winter meetings.
Nationals acquire Doug Fister from Tigers | 12/02/2013 8:34 PM
NewsNationals acquired RHP Doug Fister from the Tigers for INF Steve Lombardozzi, LHP Ian Krol and LHP Robbie Ray.
ImpactIt's a very light return for the Tigers, who traded away a legit mid-rotation starter for a good-but-not-great prospect and a couple secondary pieces. Fister will slide in as the Nationals' No. 4 starter behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann and is a nice upgrade over Dan Haren. He has posted a 3.57 ERA over the last two seasons for the Tigers.
Report: Nationals acquire Fister from Tigers | 12/02/2013 7:46 PM
NewsChris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Nationals have acquired Doug Fister in a trade with the Tigers.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
ImpactNo word yet on what the Nats are sending to the Tigers. Most figured it would be Rick Porcello that Detroit traded this offseason in order to open up a rotation spot for Drew Smyly, but they understandably must have found a more desirable market for Fister. The sinkerballer has posted a 3.57 ERA over the last two seasons for the Tigers and would give the Nats a nice replacement for Dan Haren.
Tigers are 'gauging interest' in Doug Fister | 11/13/2013 5:49 PM
NewsJon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Tigers are "gauging interest" in right-hander Doug Fister.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactThe Tigers are also fielding phone calls for Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello in an attempt to dump some money and open a rotation spot for Drew Smyly. Fister, 29, had a 3.67 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 159/44 K/BB ratio in 208 2/3 innings this past season for Detroit. He's arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Fister could be available in relief Saturday | 10/19/2013 3:53 PM
NewsTigers skipper Jim Leyland said that Doug Fister could be available out of the bullpen if needed during Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday.
Danny Knobler on Twitter
ImpactHe also said that he would be reluctant to use him in that situation, and that the team would be in trouble if it needed long relief on Saturday. A much more likely scenario would be Fister working in relief in Game 7 should the Tigers advance to force the decisive final game.
Fister fans seven over six innings in victory | 10/16/2013 11:42 PM
NewsDoug Fister allowed one run, striking out seven, over six innings in a win over the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.
ImpactFister couldn't hold the Red Sox hitless through five innings like some of his fellow starters, but he was generally able to keep them off the scoresheet. The Red Sox pushed across just one run on eight hits and a walk, with the run coming in Fister's final inning of work. The win was his first in the postseason since the 2011 ALCS against the Rangers.
Doug Fister posts quality start vs. A's | 10/08/2013 9:20 PM
NewsDoug Fister was charged with three runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Athletics.
ImpactFister had zero command in the first two frames, allowing a run on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch. He started to settle in over the next couple innings before serving up a two-out, two-run shot to Jed Lowrie in the fifth. After a scoreless sixth, Fister was pulled in favor of Max Scherzer. The Tigers gave up three runs over three relief frames but survived to fight another day. Justin Verlander will start for them in Oakland Thursday.
Fister picks up 14th win, Tigers beat Twins | 09/25/2013 12:02 AM
NewsDoug Fister allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a win against the Twins on Tuesday.
ImpactFister struck out seven while allowing eight hits and a walk in the start. The win, in what was likely his final start of the regular season, moved him to 14-9 with a 3.68 ERA in 32 starts. The 14 wins and 158 strikeouts represent career highs for the 29-year-old.
Fister strikes out 10 in win over Mariners | 09/19/2013 4:12 PM
NewsDoug Fister allowed four runs over 7 2/3 innings and struck out 10 batters Thursday in a win over the Mariners.
ImpactFister allowed nine hits and a walk. He was in line for the loss before the Tigers rallied for two runs in the seventh. The veteran right-hander now sits at 13-9 with a 3.71 ERA over 31 starts this season. He'll wrap up his regular season with a favorable matchup against the Twins next week.
Doug Fister pitches well in loss to Royals | 09/14/2013 9:42 PM
NewsDoug Fister pitched well in a losing effort against the Royals on Saturday, surrendering just one run on eight hits over his 7 2/3 innings of work.
ImpactFister fanned six and walked four in the ballgame. He served up an RBI triple to Eric Hosmer in the first inning, then bore down and kept the Royals at bay the remainder of the night. Unfortunately, the Tigers offense went stale and couldn't provide any support for him. Fister will carry a 12-9 record, 3.67 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 141/42 K/BB ratio into his matchup against the Mariners at home on Thursday.
Fister goes seven scoreless to beat Red Sox | 09/02/2013 4:49 PM
NewsDoug Fister fired seven scoreless innings Monday as the Tigers beat the Red Sox by a score of 3-0.
ImpactFister issued four walks but he allowed only four hits. He was shelled for seven runs in five innings in his start last Wednesday against the A's, but the 29-year-old right-hander got right back on track Monday at Fenway Park and Jose Veras closed it out with a scoreless ninth inning. Fister will face the Royals in Kansas City next.
Fister holds Mets to one run in victory | 08/23/2013 10:42 PM
NewsDoug Fister gave up just one run over 6 1/3 innings in a 6-1 win over the Mets on Friday.
ImpactFister allowed eight hits and two walks, but he managed to avoid any serious damage. The only run scored on an RBI single by Marlon Byrd in the first inning. The veteran right-hander now has a career-high 11 wins to go along with a solid 125/33 K/BB ratio in 167 2/3 innings over 26 starts. He lines up for a start against the Athletics at home next week.
Fister allows 2 ER over six in no-decision | 08/08/2013 12:01 AM
NewsDoug Fister allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Wednesday.
ImpactFister was denied his fifth straight win, but he was still stingy in allowing two runs or fewer in his fifth consecutive start. He allowed seven hits and two walks on the night, striking out eight. He remains 10-5 with a 3.50 ERA through 23 starts. He'll start Monday against the White Sox in Chicago.
Fister shuts down White Sox, earns 10th win | 08/02/2013 9:35 PM
NewsDoug Fister earned his 10th win of the season on Friday, limiting the White Sox to one run on seven hits over eight strong innings of work.
ImpactFister walked two and showed impeccable command by not walking a batter in the game. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Alex Rios in the sixth inning. He's been terrific over his last four starts, posting a 0.86 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over his last four starts, spanning 28 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Doug Fister strong in victory over Phillies | 07/26/2013 9:38 PM
NewsDoug Fister delivered a very strong performance in Friday's victory over the Phillies, allowing just one unearned run on three hits over eight innings.
ImpactFister walked one on the evening while striking out three. He has now won each of his last three starts, posting a 1.35 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 13/4 K/BB ratio in 20 innings during that span. He'll look to extend his winning streak when he squares off against the White Sox at home on Friday.
Fister twirls six innings of one-run ball | 07/21/2013 6:05 PM
NewsDoug Fister twirled six innings of one-run ball in Sunday's victory in Kansas City.
ImpactHe struck out five and walked one. The only damage Fister sustained came via a second inning solo home run by Miguel Tejada. Fister (8-5, 3.90 ERA) posted a 7.66 ERA over four starts between June 21-July 7, but he's allowed just three runs over 12 innings in two starts since working out some mechanical issues.
Doug Fister fans five in victory over Rangers | 07/12/2013 10:04 PM
NewsDoug Fister pitched well in Friday's victory over the Rangers, allowing just two runs on eight hits over his six innings of work.
ImpactFister racked up five strikeouts in the game while walking two. The only damage against him occurred in the fourth inning where A.J. Pierzynski belted a solo homer and Jurickson Profar chipped in an RBI single. Fister heads into the All-Star break with a 7-5 record, 4.02 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 93/22 K/BB ratio in 121 innings.
Fister coughs up three HRs in ND vs. Indians | 07/07/2013 5:14 PM
NewsDoug Fister allowed six runs on six hits and three walks over six innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Sunday.
ImpactHe struck out four. Fister has surrendered exactly six runs in three of his last four starts, inflating his ERA from 3.21 to 4.07. He's coughed up six homers over his last five outings after giving up only two prior to that. Mixed leaguers should probably sit Fister in his next start Friday against the powerful Rangers.
Fister allows 6 runs in no-decision vs. Jays | 07/02/2013 10:27 PM
NewsDoug Fister allowed six runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
ImpactFister allowed all six runs in his first two innings but rebounded to keep his team in the game, allowing just one hit over his final four innings of work. It's the second start in three outings that the right-hander has allowed six runs, but he's actually been pretty good this year. He'll carry a 6-5 record and 3.80 ERA into his start against the Indians at Progressive Field on Sunday.
Fister gives up one run in no-decision | 06/27/2013 5:04 PM
NewsDoug Fister limited the Angels to one run in seven innings Thursday, but was handed a no-decision.
ImpactFister scattered seven hits while striking out four batters and walking just one. While he didn't get the win, it was encouraging to see after he was torched for six runs in 3 1/3 innings last time out against the Red Sox. He'll bring a 3.50 ERA into a start against the Blue Jays on the road next week.
Fister gives up six runs in loss to Red Sox | 06/21/2013 11:18 PM
NewsDoug Fister was tagged for a season-high six runs over 3 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.
ImpactFister just didn't have it, as he allowed 11 hits (including one home run) and one walk while failing to register a strikeout. His ERA jumped from 3.21 to 3.66 in the loss. He'll look to get back on track when he faces the Angels next week at home.
Doug Fister goes distance in defeat | 06/11/2013 12:17 AM
NewsDoug Fister took a complete-game loss after giving up three runs in eight innings Monday against the Royals.
ImpactFister has now gone five straight starts without a win. He struggled in the first of those outings, but in the last four, he's given up a total of nine runs. The problem is that the Tigers have scored a total of four runs in those games, getting shut out twice.
Doug Fister suffers tough-luck loss | 06/05/2013 10:14 PM
NewsDoug Fister was dealt a tough-luck loss Wednesday, allowing three runs over 8 1/3 innings in a defeat at the hands of the Rays.
ImpactFister was unscored upon in the first eight frames, but, in hindsight, Tigers manager Jim Leyland probably wishes he didn't send him out for the ninth. He allowed three hits and was charged with three runs in that frame, though the last one crossed the plate after he left. Despite the unhappy ending, it was another great start for Fister, who now holds a 3.27 ERA and 1.18 WHIP for the year. He'll pitch in Kansas City next.
Doug Fister strikes out 12 Pirates | 05/30/2013 11:38 PM
NewsDoug Fister wasn't involved in the decision after pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out 12 Pirates on Thursday.
ImpactNo support for Fister. The Tigers got seven hits in 5 1/3 innings against Jeff Locke, but they couldn't push across a run then or in 5 2/3 innings against the Pirates bullpen. Fister bested his previous season high for strikeouts by four tonight. He's still allowed just two homers in 68 2/3 innings for the year.
Fister allows three runs in loss to the Twins | 05/25/2013 6:57 PM
NewsDoug Fister allowed three runs over seven innings Saturday in the Tigers' loss to the Twins.
ImpactFister surrendered all three runs in the top of the first inning. He settled in nicely after that and wound up striking out a total of seven batters, but the Tigers' offense was unable to rise past the early deficit. Fister will carry a 5-2 record, 3.65 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into his next start against the Pirates.
Fister allows five runs on Sunday night | 05/19/2013 11:56 PM
NewsDoug Fister was knocked around for five earned runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss on Sunday night against the Rangers.
ImpactFister worked up a high pitch count early and had to be pulled after giving up four runs in a disastrous fifth inning. It was his first non-quality start this season and just his second loss. Fister will take a 3.62 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into a matchup with the Twins on Friday.
Fister cruises to 5th win, Tigers top Astros | 05/14/2013 10:59 PM
NewsDoug Fister allowed two runs in seven innings as the Tigers beat the Astros 6-2 on Tuesday.
ImpactFister had just one glitch on the night, allowing three hits to begin the second inning before settling down and holding the Astros scoreless for the rest of the night. His control was on point as well, as he struck out seven while not walking a batter. There's the usual caveat that "it's the Astros," but Fister is now 5-1 with a 3.06 ERA through eight starts. He'll toe the slab next against the Rangers on Sunday.
Fister turns in quality start in no-decision | 05/03/2013 11:28 PM
NewsDoug Fister turned in a quality start in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday, surrendering three runs (two earned) on nine hits over six-plus innings of work.
ImpactFister struck out four on the night while walking just one. He cruised through the first six innings unscathed, but ran in to trouble in the seventh when the first five Astros reached base, pushing all three runs across. Fister, who often gets overshadowed in the Tigers' star-studded rotation, now sits at 4-1 on the year with a 2.93 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29/7 K/BB ratio over his first 40 innings. He'll strive to get back in the win column when he takes on the Indians at home on Friday.
Fister gets fourth win of season | 04/28/2013 11:31 PM
NewsDoug Fister allowed three runs over seven innings in his start on Sunday night against the Braves.
ImpactFister had a no-decision in his last outing, but he hasn't had any bad starts and remains undefeated on the season. He gave up six hits, no walks, and finished with eight strikeouts. Fister will have a plus matchup in his next start Friday against the Astros.
Fister has third straight quality start | 04/21/2013 9:08 PM
NewsDoug Fister was charged with three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings in Sunday's loss to the Angels.
ImpactIt was Fister's third straight quality start. All of his damage came in the third inning, when he gave up a two-run double to Albert Pujols. Despite his spring training command issues, Fister has yet to lose a game this season. He struck out five and walked two in the no-decision
Doug Fister earns win over old team | 04/17/2013 1:43 AM
NewsDoug Fister yielded two runs and four hits in seven innings Tuesday in a win over the Mariners.
ImpactFister's spring training command woes are long forgotten now, as he's walked just four in his three regular-season starts. That's helped him go 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA so far. The Mariners managed just four hits off him tonight.
Fister goes eight strong in win over Jays | 04/11/2013 5:09 PM
NewsDoug Fister limited the Blue Jays to one earned run over eight innings Thursday in an 11-1 blowout win.
ImpactFister yielded eight hits and a walk, but he countered that with five strikeouts. The only real damage done against him was on a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Mark DeRosa in the second inning. Fister is now 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA through his first two starts of the 2013 regular season. The Mariners are his next opponent.
Doug Fister holds Rays to two runs | 03/30/2013 4:28 PM
NewsDoug Fister allowed two runs in six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Rays.
ImpactThe runs came on homers from James Loney and Ryan Roberts. Fister, who was having some very unusual control troubles this spring, went without walking a batter today. He had walked 12 in 19 1/3 innings, and he also threw a couple of wild pitches last time out.
Doug Fister to start Tigers' home opener | 03/29/2013 7:50 PM
NewsDoug Fister has been named the Tigers' starter for their home opener on April 5 against the Yankees.
ImpactTigers skipper Jim Leyland announced the rest of his rotation as well, with Justin Verlander being followed by Anibal Sanchez, Rick Porcello, Fister and Max Scherzer. Fister posted a solid 3.45 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 137/37 K/BB ratios over 161 2/3 innings in 2012, and represents a very capable middle of the rotation arm in mixed leagues.
Doug Fister walks four in victory | 03/24/2013 5:43 PM
NewsDoug Fister overcame some wildness to hold a Mets split-squad to two runs in 4 2/3 innings in a win Sunday.
ImpactFister walked four and threw two wild pitches in his latest shaky outing of the spring. He's given up 19 runs -- 14 earned -- and walked 12 over the course of his six outings. It would be nice to see him step up with one strong effort prior to Opening Day.
Doug Fister gives up seven runs to Rays | 03/19/2013 4:58 PM
NewsDoug Fister gave up seven runs -- two earned -- in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rays.
ImpactA Prince Fielder error contributed to the carnage, though that hardly excuses the Luke Scott grand slam that followed. Fister has allowed 21 hits, walked eight and struck out 14 in 14 2/3 innings this spring. We're skeptical that he'll match last year's 3.45 ERA even with some assists from friendly official scorers.
Doug Fister fans four in victory | 03/14/2013 4:48 PM
NewsDoug Fister pitched four innings of one-run ball Thursday in a victory over the Mets.
ImpactFinally a positive outing for Fister, who entered with an 11.57 ERA in three starts. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out four.
Doug Fister loses to Blue Jays | 03/09/2013 4:34 PM
NewsDoug Fister fell to 0-2 this spring after giving up four runs in three innings against the Blue Jays.
ImpactFister hasn't pitched well in any of his three starts so far; he's given up a homer in each and amassed an 11.57 ERA. It's too early to start being concerned, but then, we don't have particularly high hopes for Fister this year anyway.
Fister signs for $4M with Tigers, avoids arb. | 01/18/2013 2:41 PM
NewsTigers avoided arbitration with RHP Doug Fister by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract.
ImpactIt's a big raise for Fister, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time. The tall right-hander posted a 3.45 ERA in his first full season with the Tigers in 2012 after putting up a 2.83 mark the season before. He'll be a key cog in the Detroit rotation again in 2013.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Starting)||8.1||vs. TB||Jun 5||9.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Starting)||12||at Pit||May 30||10|
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||1.0||at Mia||Sep 29||-999.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||1||at Mia||Sep 29||-999|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||216.1||2011 (Sea/Det)|
|Games Started||32||2013 (Det)|
|Completed Games||3||2011 (Sea/Det)|
|Hits Allowed||229||2013 (Det)|
|Runs Allowed||91||2013 (Det)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||85||2013 (Det)|
|Home Runs Allowed||15||2012 (Det)|
|Earned Run Average||2.83||2011 (Sea/Det)|