Joe Nathan, Doug Fister, A.J. Pierzynski moving to new teams

December 3, 2013
The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynksi worth $8.25 million. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynksi worth $8.25 million. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The trades are beginning to pile up one month into baseball’s offseason.

Several notable players agreed to deals with new teams this week, beginning the process to shape the 2014 MLB season.

Defending World Series-champion Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year contract worth $8.25 million with veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe.

The left-handed-hitting Pierzynski, 37, is a two-time all-star and won the World Series with the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Pierzynski, who hit .272 with 17 home runs and 70 RBIs last season with the Texas Rangers, will be playing for his third team in three years.

The Washington Nationals turned heads Monday night when they acquired starting pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers for three young players.

Detroit received Steve Lombardozzi, lefty reliever Ian Krol and pitching prospect Robbie Ray.

Fister, a 6-foot-8 right-hander, went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA for the American League Central champion Tigers last season.

“This is an exciting day for the Washington Nationals,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a press release. “We feel we’ve added a talented, young veteran to our starting pitching corps. Doug is battle-tested through playoff experiences, and the depth he brings to our staff is exceptional. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard.”

Columnist Tom Boswell believes the move gives the Nationals a solid rotation.

The Nats now have as deep and proven a rotation as any team in baseball with Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Fister and lefty Ross Detwiler. … Few teams now have more depth at starting pitcher, all locked down through ’14 and ’15 at the least.

Detroit, in addition to the trade with Washington, also signed free-agent closer Joe Nathan to a two-year contract, according to USA TODAY Sports. 

Nathan, 39, saved 80 games in the last two seasons with the Rangers, with 43 of them coming last season when he had a 1.39 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings.

“I’m glad he joined the team,” Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter said (via USA TODAY Sports.) “With his experience, he just made us stronger. He was a lot of fun when we played together in Minnesota.”

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