The Houston Astros and free agent right-handed pitcher Doug Fister have agreed on a one-year contract through the 2016 season, annouced general manager Jeff Luhnow Thursday.
#Astros and free agent RHP Doug Fister have agreed to terms on a one-year contract through the 2016 season, GM Jeff Luhnow announced today.— Houston Astros (@astros) January 28, 2016
Fister, 31, spent the last two season with the Washington Nationals. He was 5-7 with a 4.19 ERA in 25 appearances (15 starts) in last season. Fister finished eighth in National League Cy Young Award voting after going 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 2014.
Overall, Fister has a 65-63 record and a 3.42 ERA (413ER/1085.2IP). Over the last five seasons, the right-hander ranks 15th in the Majors in ERA (3.42) and has recorded an ERA below 3.70 in four of those five seasons. Fister’s career 1.77 walks per 9.0 innings ratio (213BB/1085.2IP) is the best mark among all active Major League pitchers with at least 1000 innings pitched.
The Astros rotation appeared to have a hole with the loss of Scott Kazmir, who signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason. The Houston rotation now has six solid options with 2015 American League Cy-Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, 19-game winner in 2015 Collin Mchugh, Lance McCullers, Mike Fiers, Scott Feldman, and Fister.