Tigers get Fister, Pauley
The Tigers’ month-long search for starting pitching is over. Detroit filled its most important need heading into Sunday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline by acquiring right-hander Doug Fister from Seattle on Saturday for a package of prospects.
The Tigers also get right-handed reliever David Pauley from Seattle, fortifying a bullpen that had been short on right-handed middle relief for most of the year. In return, Detroit sent left-hander Charlie Furbush, outfielder Casper Wells, third base prospect Francisco Martinez and a player to be named later, likely a prospect drafted last year. By rule, players cannot be traded until a year after signing their first professional contract.
Fister owns a 3-12 record, but it’s a better reflection of the Mariners’ struggles than the 27-year-old’s pitching. His 3.33 ERA ranks 20th among AL starters, ahead of every current Detroit starter not named Justin Verlander. His 1.17 WHIP ratio ranks 15th. His run support, on the other hand, ranks dead last.
He isn’t a high-strikeout pitcher by any stretch, but he’s someone who — ironically, given his record — will give his team a chance to win.
The 28-year-old Pauley owns a 5-4 record and 2.15 record, allowing 38 hits over 54 1/3 innings. He has seven holds and one blown save opportunity.