The Nats traded Robbie Ray, Steve Lombardozzi and Ian Krol to the Tigers for Doug Fister. Or, as Fangraphs puts it:
The Nationals surrendered a non-elite pitching prospect who has pitched a half season at Double-A and probably won’t rank in anyone’s Top 100 next spring, plus a couple of role players who might or might not end up amounting to anything. And in return, they’re getting two years of a very good starting pitcher at far below market prices. This trade is nothing short of a bonanza for the Nationals.
A bonanza, you say? Why’s that? Nats Baseball answers the call:
Toss in the AL-> NL move and [Fister] should give you a season like Gio or ZNN did last year. That’s what Fister is, a Gio/ZNN like pitcher. A #2 who could pitch at times like a #1 or like a #3. Maybe since he’s 30 you lean more toward the #3 side than the #1 but he’s the Nats #4.
Mike Rizzo is an evil genius.