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Report: Rangers to sign Doug Fister

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The Rangers reportedly have a major league deal in place with free agent right-hander Doug Fister, according to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. The club has yet to announce the signing, which is pending a physical.

Fister, 33, went 5-9 in 15 starts with the Red Sox in 2017. His one-year stint encapsulated a 4.88 ERA and career highs in both his strikeout (8.3 SO/9) and walk rates (3.8 BB/9). While he’s been on something of a downward spiral since 2013, the righty finally managed to stay healthy for an entire season and produced 1.4 fWAR by season’s end, making him the fifth-most valuable starter in the Boston’s rotation. He returned in October for his fifth career postseason run, but was met with disaster in Game 3 of the ALDS and surrendered four hits and three runs in just 1 1/3 innings of a brutal 10-3 loss to the Astros.

The terms of Fister’s contract have yet to be reported, though it’s worth noting that he has not garnered a multiyear deal since his two-year run with the Nationals in 2014-2015. The Rangers are poised to be his sixth team since 2011, adding to a list that includes the Mariners, Tigers, Nationals, Astros and Red Sox. He could be a boon for the club, whose rotation ranked 24th in the league with a cumulative 4.66 ERA and 6.7 fWAR in 2017.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.