I'm not saying the Yankees need Doug Fister. I'm asking you. He's a free agent and yes, he had a down year, but now think about what the Yankees need... 1 starting pitcher. Fister has a nice little career behind him, he's 31 and I assume he'd be relatively cheap.
Buster Olney tweeted this of Fister:
Now 1 to 2 years is something the Yankees can get on board with, although, and I'm being honest here... I have no idea if the Yankees have even looked Fister's way. I suspect they have.Source: Doug Fister said to have offers of 1 and 2 years from multiple teams.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 4, 2016
Hardball Talk writes this:
"...he’s reportedly been linked to teams like the Marlins, Phillies, and Tigers this winter. After finishing fourth in the NL with a 2.41 ERA during his first season with the Nationals in 2014, Fister had a 4.19 ERA in 15 starts and 10 relief appearances last season. Along with showing diminished velocity, he missed some time with a forearm issue and was eventually demoted to the bullpen in August."
Is it worth it if the money and time is to a minimum? I wouldn't mind rolling the dice on Fister. It's something Cashman has done in the past. Look at Chris Capuano. OK, bad example, but you know what I mean.
Look, unless the Yankees flip someone like Andrew Miller or Brett Gardner, or both, I'm not sure we're getting a top starter. Cashman will have to find the right deal for that top starter, and if not, he won't make a deal. In which case, is a guy like Fister smart, or do we go at it with what we have? We have many question marks in our starting rotation, then Luis Severino, and a long reliever bridge...
We shall see.
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