The Nationals and Tigers finalized a trade on Monday that will send Doug Fister to Washington and three players to Detroit. Fister will join Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Jordan Zimmermann in D.C.’s electric, young starting rotation.
In Detroit’s second major trade this offseason, they acquired utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi and reliever Ian Krol along with minor league starter Robbie Ray. Fister is under contract through 2015 and will cost the Nats about $18 million in that span.
While the Tigers have unloaded two stags already since the end of the year, Detroit still boats one of the best lineups in baseball, headlined by AL MVP Miguel Cabrera and AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, and also a little arm named Justin Verlander. Although it may look like the Tigers are unloading, they are more just bringing their roster down to earth.
And in the spirit of Cabrera, the Tigers, the Marlins, and Thanksgiving, enjoy this (courtesy of @MLBmeme):