Texas Rangers

December 2, 2013

Tigers flip Fister to Nationals for three players

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The Detroit Tigers traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players. The deal was announced Monday night.

The Nationals sent infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray to Detroit.

The AL Central champion Tigers have been busy reshaping their roster this off-season. They traded slugger Prince Fielder to Texas and also let All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta leave as a free agent for St. Louis.

The 29-year-old Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA last season. The righty was 32-20 in two-plus seasons with the Tigers and has pitched especially well in the postseason.

A’s closing on Kazmir

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir is closing in on a $22 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.

The new contract would be pending a physical.

The 29-year-old Kazmir went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts and 158 innings last season for the Cleveland Indians.

Rangers Fan Fest

Texas Rangers Fan Fest will be at Rangers Ballpark from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25, the club announced Monday.

Tickets are available at texasrangers.com/fanfest or by calling 972-726-4377.

Tickets for the Rangers’ awards dinner on Jan. 24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine also are available at texasrangers.com/awards.

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