Texas signs Fister away from Red SoxMassLive.com, Springfield, Mass.
November 27. 2017 9:21PM
The Red Sox claimed Doug Fister off waivers in late June after the Los Angeles Angels opted not to add the veteran starter to their major-league staff from the Triple-A club.
Despite a few bumps in the road, Fister provided valuable innings in Boston while taking over David Price’s spot in the rotation later in the summer.
That performance for the Red Sox helped Fister sign a $4 million free-agent deal with the Texas Rangers over the weekend, according to NBC Sports’ Evan Drellich.
In 18 games, including 15 starts, Fister posted a 4.88 ERA while recording a career-best 8.3 K/9, thanks to an uptick in velocity.
The 33-year-old right-hander began last season without a major-league deal and didn’t sign with the Angels until late May. But he remained with the club’s Triple-A team until opting out of the deal in late June and subsequently being picked up by Boston.
Fister’s time in Boston helped him get back on track after a rough couple of seasons. After joining the rotation when Price went on the disabled list in late July, Fister posted a 4.43 ERA in his final 11 starts, including a four-start stretch in which he allowed a total of five earned runs over 30 innings.