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The Washington Nationals have acquired starter Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and left-handers Robbie Ray and Ian Krol, a source has confirmed. The deal has since been announced by the team.
So does Rizzo win executive of the year today, outright ?
From the Tigers' perspective, Lombardozzi replaces one of Don Kelly (not very likely), Hernan Perez and Danny Worth. So the bench gets a bit stronger.
Ray could be a useful #3/#4 starter, very soon.
Doug Fister is 29, so on the wrong side of the aging spectrum, and is likely to cost somewhere around $7 million in 2014,
I think Fister is set up to be a very effective back-of-the-rotation guy.
It really depends on whether by weakening the rotation, the team as a whole gets stronger.
I suppose it depends on whether one thinks that $7m can be spent more effectively somewhere else, strengthening a weak spot.
Dombrowksi must really like Ray
Scary thing is that Fister was the Tigers 4th best starter going forward.
I am really hoping there is something else more to this because I really do not get this trade at all.
Lombardozzi was clearly a spare part,
I think it made sense to trade Fister.
They clearly want to keep Scherzer, there's no point in trading Smyly (who's very cheap, left-handed, and probably ready to go), and Porcello and Fister are very similar, with Porcello more likely to improve and Fister more likely to decline.
Fister is a very good pitcher, and 29 is not old.
After this trade, he's shutting himself down in case the Nats need to make trades in 2017.
We'll see if he's right. He's right a lot.
I would have preferred an intact rotation from 2013, but if there was some motivation to trade a starting pitcher, I think it made sense to trade Fister.
Porcello more likely to improve and Fister more likely to decline.
The ALCS showed the Tigers that SP'ing alone is not enough. A better bullpen, a more balanced offense, and better defense can offset the loss of Fister and then some.
Well the 'more' is that apparently Dombrowski and his crew thinks that Ray is going to be good. We'll see if he's right. He's right a lot.
9. Something hopeful about how this frees up money, oh so much money, to go after high priced FA.
The BA 2013 handbook says 87-91, bumping 92-93 on occasion. So not particularly hard, but lefties don't need to be quite as quick as righties, I understand. Of course, maybe he added a tick or two this season.
What is the reason he's being treated as if he's the best GM the game has to offer, such that people feel the need to come up with irrational justifications for a bad deal?
Are you telling me the Chicago Cubs couldn't have given the Tigers a better package? Lombardozzi is better than Barney or something?
I'm having a hard time coming up with a trading partner that would make sense for the Tigers AND would have something better/would offer something better than Ray/Krol/Lombardozzi
More pertinently, the last few times he's traded established players for prospects, those prospects have panned out, sometimes in a huge way (Granderson & E Jackson got them Austin Jackson/Max Scherzer/Phil Coke; Jeff Weaver got them Carlos Pena and Jeremy Bonderman; Mark Redman got them Nate Robertson.)
It comes down to what you think of Krol and Ray.
I would like to see the history of deals which our community thought were ridiculously one-sided. My feeling is that the idiot side usually comes out better than we expected.
because a one-year jump from a more-or-less average BABIP to an extremely high one, like Fister's in 2013, can be a warning sign of a less-than-healthy arm.
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