Doug Fister’s long-lasting free agency is over as the pitcher has agreed to a major-league deal with the Los Angeles Angels, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
The 33-year-old right-hander last made a major league appearance in 2016 as a member of the Houston Astros after going unsigned as a result of the most recent offseason. While last season would go on to serve as Fister’s only go-round with the Astros, he has become quite the journeyman over the years.
Since originally breaking into the big leagues back in 2009, the veteran hurler has made regular season appearances for the Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals in addition to the Astros. For his big league career, Fister has made a total of 212 regular season appearances en route to a 3.60 ERA across 199 starts and an even 1,266 innings of work.
Most recently, Fister produced a single-season career-worst 4.64 ERA over the course of 32 starts for the Astros. Amassing 180.1 innings of work in 2016, he added a nearly even 12-13 record with 115 strikeouts against 62 walks.
The Angels are in desperate need of pitching and were picked over the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and other teams that were reportedly involved at one point. Los Angeles has Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs on the DL, as well as Nick Tropeano and Andrew Heaney, who are both recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Fister will join a division he’s familiar with, but he’ll need some time to get game ready before he can help the Angels.
The Angels are 22-21, 8.0 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West.