Fister, 33, remained unsigned through the offseason and the first one and a half months of the regular season. He spent last year with the Astros, finishing with a rough 4.64 ERA and a 115/62 K/BB ratio over 180 1/3 innings. Given his age, teams felt you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but the Angels finally put their collar around his neck. The club likely felt that there’s some bite behind Fister’s bark, so they threw him a bone.
The Angels are in need of starting pitching depth, so Fister certainly fits the bill.