Angels give Fister $1.75M deal to fortify depleted staff

NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to reinforce an injury-ravaged pitching staff, the Los Angeles Angels agreed Saturday to a deal with Doug Fister that pays $1.75 million while he is in the major leagues and $100,000 in the minors.

Fister will report to extended spring training in Arizona to begin workouts. He was a free agent after going 12-13 with a 4.64 ERA in 32 starts for Houston last year. The 6-foot-8 righty threw 180 1/3 innings and pitched pretty well most of the season before fading badly in September and losing his last five decisions.

“We’ve seen Doug pitch for a long time and hopefully his stuff will be at a level that we saw when he was successful,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Saturday night’s game against the New York Mets. “He’s starting a progression. We’ll just evaluate him after every workout, see where he is, and hopefully, definitely, if he throws the ball like he can, it’s going to be important to our rotation.”

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