Doug Fister was a star in Detroit, posting a 3.29 ERA (128 ERA+) in 440 2/3 innings between 2011-2013. Now he could be returning there as a 31-year-old free agent.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Tigers have expressed interest in signing Fister this offseason to help bolster a pitching staff that ranked 28th in the majors in ERA this past season. The right-hander missed time in 2015 to an elbow injury and he finished the year in the Nationals’ bullpen, but he’s a decent bounceback candidate and could come relatively cheap in a loaded starting pitching market.
Fister had a career-best 2.41 ERA in 164 innings for Washington in 2014.