Report: Astros “exploring the possibility” of signing Doug Fister

The Houston Astros, who are on the lookout for another starting pitcher, are “exploring the possibility” of signing free agent right-handed pitcher Doug Fister, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

In addition to Fister, Cafardo says that the Astros have discussed Yovani Gallardo, Alfredo Simon and Kyle Lohse. The Astros’ preference, however, is to sign a starting pitcher that would be a “bargain,” which makes Fister a fit.

Fister, 31, struggled in his second season with the Washington Nationals, going 5-7 with a 4.19 ERA and a 63/24 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Even after coming off of a down season, some people around baseball are intrigued about the possibility of signing Fister to a one-year “prove it” type of contract. He has had a lot of previous success in the big leagues and could be a perfect fit for a team looking for a back end of the rotation type of starter.

One thing that isn’t clear is how much interest the Astros have expressed in Fister or if contract negotiations have taken place.

That being said, any team that signs Fister wouldn’t be making a significant dollar investment, making him a low-risk type of signing that could pay major dividends.

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