RHP Fister signs $4M deal with Rangers, who need starters

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 29, 2017 07:51 AM
RHP Fister signs $4M deal with Rangers, who need starters
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister delivers the ball to the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Texas Rangers have made the first move toward replenishing their starting rotation, agreeing on a contract with free agent right-hander Doug Fister. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

By Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press

Free agent right-hander Doug Fister has signed a $4 million deal with the Texas Rangers, who are still in the market for more starting pitching.

The Rangers announced the deal Tuesday after Fister had completed a physical.

Fister will get a $3.5 million base salary for 2018, and the contract has a $4.5 million team option for 2019 that includes a $500,000 buyout.

After not signing with anyone last season until May, Fister is one of the first free agents to sign a contract this offseason. He joins a team that had only left-handers Cole Hamels and Martin Perez signed for its rotation next season.

Fister made his first start for Boston last season on June 25. He went 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA while starting 15 of his 18 games.

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