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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.

Report: Diamondbacks sign Jarrod Dyson to two-year, $7.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Jarrod Dyson to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the deal is worth $7.5 million.

Dyson, 33, spent last season with the Mariners. He hit an underwhelming .251/.324/.350, but stole 28 bases while playing superb defense in center field.

Dyson doesn’t quite make up for the Diamondbacks losing J.D. Martinez, who just signed with the Red Sox, but he will bring some speed and defense to the outfield along with A.J. Pollock. It’s not quite clear how the D-Backs plan to utilize Dyson. That should be made clear after the deal is announced.