MLB notes: Nationals, Fister agree to one-year deal

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first...

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning in game four of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park on Oct 16, 2013 in Detroit, MI, USA. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

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Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract with the club Saturday.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Fister, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a December trade, was seeking $8.5 million while the Nationals countered with $5.5 million.

Fister went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 32 starts for Detroit last year.

Fister said at the team’s NatsFest a week ago that he hoped to get a deal done soon.

“We both want to settle,” he said. “It’s one of those things where no one wants to go to arbitration. We’ll see what we can do.”

Reliever Tyler Clippard is the only player on the Nationals set to go to arbitration later this month. Clippard wants $6.35 million and the team is offering $4.45 million.

“I don’t know, we’ll see how it plays out,” Clippard said. “The discussions are up to me, the Nationals, my agent and everything like that. Talking about it in the media doesn’t do me any good.”

Clippard was 6-3 last year with a 2.41 ERA in 71 innings.

McGRADY TRIES BALL

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady is looking to start a career as a professional baseball player.

McGrady may pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent League. He has been working out with the team.

ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said during Friday night’s Oklahoma City Thunder-Brooklyn Nets telecast that McGrady was working out with the Skeeters and that his pitches were reaching 91 MPH on the radar gun.

Houston television station KPRC reported that McGrady was training with former major-league star pitcher Roger Clemens, who pitched for the Skeeters two seasons ago. His son, Kody, is the team’s catcher.

DODGERS, ELLIS AGREE

The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided salary arbitration with catcher A.J. Ellis by agreeing to a one-year, $3.55 million contract, MLB.com reported Saturday.

Ellis asked for $4.6 million and the Dodgers countered with $3 million when arbitration figures were exchanged in January.

The deal also includes incentives based on games started and plate appearances, according to the New York Post.

Ellis, 32, remains under team control though 2016.

CHEN SIGNED, BONI DFA

The Kansas City Royals re-signed left-hander Bruce Chen and designated infielder Emilio Bonifacio for assignment Saturday.

Chen went 9-4 with a 3.27 ERA 121 innings last year. He made 34 appearances, including 15 starts.

Bonifacio was let go to make room for Chen on the 40-man roster. The Royals avoided salary arbitration with Bonifacio two weeks ago by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. However, those deals are not fully guaranteed.

 


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