Doug Fister has been traded to the Washington Nationals from the Detroit Tigers, according to various reports on Twitter, with the story first being reported by Chris Cotillo, a high school senior with SBN who also was first with the Ricky Nolasco-to-Minnesota story. Welcome to 2013.
Fister, a righthanded pitcher acquired by the Tigers in 2011 for Charlie Furbush in the fabled Fister/Furbush trade, has been a 3.5-4.5 win pitcher since coming to Detroit, and has two years of team control remaining. He's arbitration eligible, and MLB Trade Rumors projects he will make $6.9 million next year.
No word yet on who Detroit is getting back, but initial indications are Steve Lombardozzi and a reliever would be part of the deal.
UPDATE -- Reports are indicating that UIF Steve Lombardozzi and lefty pitchers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray are in the deal.
Steve Lombardozzi is memorable to me because someone, in ESPN's 2012 "Franchise Draft," where you could pick any player to start a franchise with, picked Lombardozzi. Krol was the PTBNL Oakland sent to Washington in the three-way Michael Morse/John Jaso trade. He's 22 and was an effective reliever for the Nationals last year. Ray turned 22 in October, and split the season between high-A and AA.
This is a mystifying deal, if this is what in fact went down.