Doug Fister close to signing. No clue how much he’ll fetch.


Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent pitcher Doug Fister is close to signing with an unknown team. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that, contrary to a lot of recent speculation, it is not the New York Mets.

Heyman says the Angels are a contender, but that an NL club is more likely. No idea on what sort of deal Fister might fetch.

Fister last pitched for Houston. Last season he posted a career-worst 4.64 ERA over 180.1 innings with the club. Woof.

Chris Sale exits game with hip contusion

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.

This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.