The Astros have agreed to a 1-year deal with free-agent right-hander Doug Fister, according to a major-league source. Fister will be guaranteed $7 million in 2016, and the deal can max out at $12 million if all performance bonuses are reached.
Fister's incentives are based on innings pitched, presenting a promising scenario for a pitcher looking to re-establish value after a rough 2015 season.
Fister, 31, drew interest from many clubs as a bounce-back candidate this winter, with the Padres, Tigers and Marlins joining Houston in pursuit. He will round out a strong rotation of Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Lance McCullers and Scott Feldman in Houston, with Mike Fiers and Brad Peacock serving as depth options.
Fister struggled to a 4.19 ERA in 29 appearances (19 starts) with Washington last season, but has been a model of consistency in seven major-league seasons with the Mariners (2009-11), Tigers (2011-13) and Nationals (2014-15). He will hope to bounce back with a strong season for the Astros and test a weak free-agent starting pitching market next winter.