Veteran right-hander Doug Fister has a new home as the Los Angeles Angels have signed the 33-year-old to a minor-league deal. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation first reported the signing on Thursday afternoon. The signing comes a few days after the Arizona Diamondbacks were looking to sign Fister.
Fister had spent last season with the Houston Astros, making 32 starts. In those 32 starts, Fister collected a 12-13 record with a 4.64 ERA over 180 and 1/3 innings pitched. The California native gave up 195 hits and 24 home runs, while striking out 115 and walking 62. For his career, Fister is 77-76 with a 3.60 ERA over 212 career appearances, 199 of those being starts.
Before joining Houston, Fister was a member of the Washington Nationals in 2014 and 2015 where he won a career high 16 games in 2014. Prior to Washington, Fister was a part of a strong Detroit Tigers staff from 2011 to 2014 and the Seattle Mariners from 2009 to 2011.
The Angels were a team in dire need of some help on the mound. Unable to find a fifth starter with Tyler Skaggs out for 10-12 with a strained oblique, Fister will provide the Angels with a quality option as a fifth starter. The first four starters of the Angels rotation have struggled in their own right at times this season but have been rather solid with a combined ERA of 4.25 through the team's first 43 games. With all that, signing Fister will allow the Angels to have a go-to starter every fifth day and not have to worry about who will be starting.
Fister, as commonly seen with mid-season pitching signings will most likely make a few minor-league starts for the Angels before making the jump back up to the Major Leagues.