General manager Mike Rizzo says the Washington Nationals ”kicked the tires” on a pair of other Tigers pitchers, AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello, before acquiring Doug Fister from Detroit.
Rizzo said Tuesday that he and Tigers counterpart Dave Dombrowski began trade talks shortly before last month’s GM meetings, and that eventually the Nationals ”turned our focus mostly toward Fister.”
The Nationals, Rizzo adds, considered Fister ”an undervalued asset.”
The 6-foot-8 right-hander, who is 29, will be under team control for the next two years. He went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA last season.
In Monday’s deal, Detroit got utility player Steve Lombardozzi, left-handed reliever Ian Krol, and lefty pitching prospect Robbie Ray.