The Tigers promised Monday night they werent done dealing after freeing up money in the Doug Fister trade. By lunchtime Tuesday, they were dealing again, spending some of that money to fill their biggest need.
By Wednesday, they were introducing Joe Nathan as the latest piece to their World Series quest. With Nathan, the reigning American League Central champions have the proven veteran closer they arguably needed this season, signing a two-year deal, with a club option for 2016, worth a reported $20 million.
The Detroit Tigers have traded right-hander Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports on Twitter.
Chris Cotillo of @MLBDailyDish appears to be the first to have reported the news. Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com was quick to confirm. Both cited an unnamed source and neither reported which other players were involved in the trade.
Jim Bowden of ESPN reported that the Nationals sent infielder/outfielder Steve Lombardozzi, relief pitcher Ian Krol and a minor leaguer to the Tigers in return for Fister. (MLive.com)
The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers have agreed to a trade that will send 5-time All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder to Texas for 3-time All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman confirms. No other players are involved.
It is expected that some financial agreements may be agreed upon, mostly centered around Fielder’s $214 million dollar contract.
Fielder’s limited no-trade clause includes Texas, but it is believed he will lift to allow the deal to go through. He still has seven years remaining on his contract. Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports say MLB commissioner Bud Selig is the only person who has to OK the deal. (MLB Nation)
Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time in 13 years.
The Spartans were The AP’s top-ranked team for two weeks during the 2000-01 season — the year after coach Tom Izzo helped the program win its second national title – and twice in the 1978-79 season when the Earvin ”Magic” Johnson-led team went on to claim the NCAA championship. (SI.com).