Top 5 Free Agent Bargains

Source: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America

Source: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America

1. Doug Fister

Fister battled injuries last season with the Washington Nationals and ended up with a 5-7 record and a 4.19 ERA — the worst mark of his seven-year career. Fister has a career 3.42 ERA and has averaged 213 IP per season. On top of this, Fister has masterful control, walking only 1.8 per nine innings. He does not strike out many, heavily relying on inducing ground balls. He has the ability to keep the ball on the ground, leading to a career 0.8 HR per nine innings.

I would expect Fister, only 31 years old, to bounce back nicely next season. He can probably be had for a very reasonable price. Fister and the Cardinals could be an interesting match.

Note: Fister did not receive a qualifying offer from the Nationals, making him much more attractive to teams looking for another starting pitcher.

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