Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent pitcher Doug Fister is close to signing with an unknown team. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that, contrary to a lot of recent speculation, it is not the New York Mets.
Heyman says the Angels are a contender, but that an NL club is more likely. No idea on what sort of deal Fister might fetch.
Fister last pitched for Houston. Last season he posted a career-worst 4.64 ERA over 180.1 innings with the club. Woof.
The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his strikeout and walk rates aren’t too far off what he was doing last year his hit rate has spiked and he’s currently allowing 10.3 safeties per nine. The wheels have come off of late, as he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits — five of them homers — over his last eight innings of work. Yesterday he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies had led by five.
It was clear that Gabe Kapler had lost faith in Neris as a result, using him almost exclusively in low-leverage situations. That changed on Saturday, as Kapler used him in a save situation and said after the game that they were easing him back into his role. That plan obviously changed after yesterday’s meltdown.
Seranthony Dominguez had been getting the call in save situations. He’ll get them more now.