Obviously some will question the Detroit Tigers selling Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals but aside from that they made two unquestionably good additions in Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings. Fister is most certainly a quality starting pitcher but the return player Ian Krol is expected to jump onto the roster immediately as well. When troubled by losing Fister, Tigers fans should remember a couple of good things about the move.
The first good thing about that move is that Fister is good but he is not Max Scherzer. That deal in addition to ridding themselves of the heavy Prince Fielder contract earlier in the offseason should free up money to at least allow the Tigers to have the Scherzer conversation. The other good thing about the Fister deal is that they were able to get the other two additions in Nathan and Chamberlain.
Though Chamberlain certainly had his struggles this past season, he has shown over the course of his career that he will be a productive starting pitcher more seasons than not. All the bad season really did was save the Tigers a little bit of money. To add the nearly sure-thing closer of Nathan is easily the biggest deal for this team.
Year after year their bullpen weaknesses have cost them in the MLB Postseason and finally upon blessed finally they have their closer and he’s one of the best in the game. Any way you slice it, even with the loss of Fister, it would be very hard to look at those additions and not consider the Meetings week a success based on those alone.