Thursday, May 18, 2017
MLB news: Fister, Loney sign with new teams
It might be May already, but that doesn't mean signing free agents isn't a thing anymore. Two teams signed some key players who are good enough to start in the MLB.
After star 1B Freddie Freeman went on the DL today, the Atlanta Braves needed first base depth. So, they signed 1B James Loney to a minor league deal. Loney was optioned to Gwinnett (AAA). He spent all of last year with the Mets, with a .265 average, and 9 homers and 34 RBIs in 343 ABs. He spent his spring with the Rangers, then was released. He signed with the Tigers, but was released after just playing minor ball. He's also played AAA ball in the Padres organization. He was once a star in L.A. He has a .284 average, 108 homers and 669 RBIs in 5023 career ABs with the Dodgers, Red Sox, Rays and Mets.
With injuries to most of their starters, including ace Garrett Richards, the Los Angeles Angels needed a starter. So, they signed SP Doug Fister, who last pitched last year for Houston. He's proving to be strong in his eight year career. He has a career 3.60 ERA and 847 strikeouts in 1266 innings for the Astros, Nationals, Tigers and Mariners.