Doug Fister is an interesting free agent case coming off a down year and ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the veteran right-hander has received both one-year and two-year offers from multiple teams. No word on who made the offers, but he’s reportedly been linked to teams like the Marlins, Phillies, and Tigers this winter.
After finishing fourth in the NL with a 2.41 ERA during his first season with the Nationals in 2014, Fister had a 4.19 ERA in 15 starts and 10 relief appearances last season. Along with showing diminished velocity, he missed some time with a forearm issue and was eventually demoted to the bullpen in August.
With a weak class of free agent starters next winter, there could be incentive for Fister to take a one-year deal with the aim of reestablishing his value on the open market.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.
The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.
The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.
Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.
Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.
In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.