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Tigers trade RHP Fister to Nationals for 3 players

Dec 3rd, 2013 - Sports News

— The Detroit Tigers have traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players.

The deal was announced Monday night. The Nationals sent infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray to Detroit.

The AL Central champion Tigers have been busy reshaping their roster this offseason. They traded slugger Prince Fielder to Texas and also let All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta leave as a free agent for St. Louis.

The 29-year-old Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA last season. The righty was 32-20 in two-plus seasons with the Tigers and has pitched especially well in the postseason.

Fister joins a talented Nationals rotation that already includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez.

— The Detroit Tigers and utility player Don Kelly have agreed to terms on a one-year contract that avoids arbitration.

The Tigers announced the agreement Monday.

Kelly played six positions for the Tigers last season at all three spots in the outfield along with third, second and first base while hitting .222 with six homers and 23 RBIs.

He has a career batting average of .229 with 23 homers and 88 RBIs in 475 games over five seasons with the Tigers and one with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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