MLB Rumors: Teams Scrambling for Starting Pitcher Doug Fister’s Services

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 05/09/17 05:50PM EDT

Teams in need of a solid starting pitcher are scrambling for the services of former Houston Astros hurler Doug Fister, who is now a free agent. Last week, Fister threw for five clubs in California.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported that among those in attendance were scouts from the Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets. Cotillo cannot confirm if Fister has already agreed to a deal to one of those teams.

Last season, the 33-year-old Fister pitched 180 1/3 innings, tallying a 12-13 record with a 4.64 ERA.  After going 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in his first season with the Washington Nationals, he fell to 5-7 the next year as he struggled with a forearm issue.

After a month in the disabled list, Fister was ultimately dropped from the rotation. He joined the Astros after the Nationals did not extend him a qualifying offer.

Last month, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that the Mets expressed interest in getting Fister. However, Fister was insisting on a Major League deal before agreeing to join the team.

The Mets lack key pieces in their starting rotation. They will miss Noah Syndergaard for three months due to a lat injury while Steven Matz has yet to pitch this year due to elbow issues.

The Angels, for their part, have placed Garrett Richards on the 60-day DL after it was determined that his injured biceps have been slow to heal and has developed nerve irritation as well.  He is expected to pitch in early June.

For the Blue Jays, both J.A. Happ (elbow) and Aaron Sanchez (fingernail) are on the 10-day DL, due to elbow and fingernail issues, respectively. Shelby Miller of the Arizona Diamondbacks will have Tommy John surgery in the coming days and miss the rest of 2017. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner suffered a shoulder injury following a dirt bike accident and will miss at least two months.

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