Less than 24 hours after acquiring right-hander Doug Fister, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo acknowledged he was in trade talks with the Tigers as far back as mid-November, before the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., began.
Besides Fister, Rizzo said he expressed interest in Detroit right-handers Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello. After the GM Meetings, though, the Nats turned their attention to Fister, and the two clubs were able to get a deal done Monday evening. After the deal was announced, Fister received a text message from shortstop Ian Desmond, who welcomed him to the team.
"There were some rumors going around [me and Max] were [on the trade block]," Fister said. "We were going to see how things played out. Finally, last night, the phone call was made. ... I haven't had a chance to talk to many of the guys back in Detroit -- yet. But I'm definitely excited to be [going to Washington]. I'm looking forward to going in Spring Training and being ready. I'm excited."
As a member of the Tigers, Fister was in a formidable rotation that included Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez. Now, Fister joins a rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez. The Nationals had been seeking a starter ever since they decided to part ways with free-agent right-hander Dan Haren.
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