Picture of the Day: Doug Fister shows off his flexibility

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Nationals right-hander Doug Fister allowed two runs on four hits and no walks over seven innings against the Phillies this afternoon as part of a 4-2 victory. While he was excellent on the mound yet again, perhaps the most remarkable thing he did was this stretch at first base while trying to complete a double-play.

Ryan Howard actually beat out the throw, so Fister’s effort went for naught, but that’s some pretty impressive flexibility. It gives new meaning to “pitching from the stretch.”  Fortunately for the Nationals, Fister didn’t hurt himself there. It’s worth noting that he played a little bit of first base in junior college.

That wasn’t the only display of Fister’s athleticism this afternoon. Check out this sprawling stop of a comebacker off the bat of Ben Revere.

Asdrubal Cabrera signs with the Texas Rangers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical. He’ll be paid $3.5 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Rosenthal reports that Cabrera will primarily play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, who has retired.

It’s a fairly low price given that Cabrera hit 23 homers and posted a line of .262/.316/.458 (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season but, as is the case with so many other veteran free agents, there did not appear to be much of a market developing for his services. He’ll at least get a lot of playing time in Texas, it would seem.