Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 8:40pm


The Washington Nationals acquired pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and pitchers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.

What does it give the Washington Nationals
In Fister, the Nationals land another quality starting pitcher to join forces with {P Stephen Strasburg}, {P Gio Gonzalez} and {P Jordan Zimmermann}. Together, they might be the best rotation in the National League going into 2014, which should give Washington a strong chance to win the NL East Division next season. They gave up quantity but landed a quality arm, though it should be noted that Fister will be moving to the Senior Circuit for the first time.

What does it give the Detroit Tigers
The Tigers were financially motivated to make this move, since they now appear set to sign starter {P Max Scherzer} to a long-term extension. They will also be able to land a veteran closer and left-handed bat to round out their starting lineup--two pressing needs this off-season. Lombardozzi should become an invaluable utility man for Detroit, while Krol should serve as a bullpen lefty in '14. As for Ray, he has pretty good upside as a left-handed starter and could pitch in Triple-A this year.

Fantasy impact
Fister needs to adjust to National League batters, but his fantasy value should remain intact as long as he is successful in making the necessary adjustments. Lombardozzi will continue to have sleeper appeal in Motown, but will also continue to be a man without a regular spot in the lineup. Krol has limited fantasy value, while Ray should now be on the keeper-league radar in most fantasy leagues.

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