The hot stove for the Nationals went from ice cold to scalding hot with one report on Monday evening. The Nats officially announced that they acquired starting right-handed pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers. In return, they sent INF Steve Lombardozzi, LHP Ian Krol, and LHP Robbie Ray to Detroit.
The deal seems like a remarkable one for the Nats. They will have Doug Fister, presumably as their number four starter, through 2015. In the last three seasons as a starter, Fister put up a 3.30 ERA and a 1.186 WHIP, and he has a career 3.50 FIP. The Nats will send Steve Lombardozzi, an average-caliber bench player and a fan favorite, Ian Krol, a middle reliever, and Robbie Ray, the Nats number five prospect.
Time will tell, but it seems like Mike Rizzo once again made a remarkable trade to improve the Nats immediately and in the medium term without giving up much in return.
We'll have more on The Nats Blog in the coming days, including an impromptu episode of Nats Talk On The Go this evening to talk about the trade.