Mets miss out in Doug Fister trade

Posted: December 2, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Doug Fister's playoff experience could have helped a young Met rotation

Doug Fister’s playoff experience could have helped a young Met rotation

While the Mets were busy non-tendering some of their players the rival Nationals acquired Tigers right-hander Doug Fister. Fister,29, had a 3.67 ERA last year in 208 innings. Fister is a very effective starter who had proved he could pitch in the American League. Plus his 200 innings these days are even more valuable.

The Mets have been pursuing Bronson Arroyo because of his ability to throw 200 innings. Arroyo is still looking for three years while Fister is going year to year in arbitration. Fister is expected to earn a little less than $7 million in 2014 for arbitration. He is still a major bargain and won’t be a free agent until 2016. The Nationals didn’t give up much to get Fister and the Mets really missed out here.

The Mets seemingly have interest in just about every free agent but they have been eerily quiet so far this offseason. It is no longer considered early as we are now in December. The Mets need to start addressing their 2014 holes.

The Nationals gave up Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robby Ray. Lombardozzi has become a nice utility player for the Nats who can play all over the field. He can hit too but he was expendable with Anthony Rendon at second base and Danny Espinosa looking to bounce back. Plus Lombardozzi doesn’t have any pop and doesn’t walk at all. Krol was a nice lefty specialist and Ray is a starting pitching prospect who doesn’t project as a top of the rotation starter.

The Mets could have given Detroit a better package without spending a lot of their offseason budget and without giving up Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaard.

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