SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Angels have signed pitcher Doug Fister to a major league contract, pending a physical.
Fister, 33, remained unsigned through the offseason and the first one and a half months of the regular season. He spent last year with the Astros, finishing with a rough 4.64 ERA and a 115/62 K/BB ratio over 180 1/3 innings. Given his age, teams felt you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but the Angels finally put their collar around his neck. The club likely felt that there’s some bite behind Fister’s bark, so they threw him a bone.
The Angels are in need of starting pitching depth, so Fister certainly fits the bill.
Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.
Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.
Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.