BASEBALL 2014: Doug Fister brings blue-collar work ethic to mound

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It also doesn’t hurt that Fister, 30, is under team control for two more seasons and, at least for this year, costs just $7.2 million, a bargain given the prices teams must pay on the open market for starting pitchers.

Fister’s 13.3 WAR (wins above replacement) over the last three seasons ranks ninth in the majors over that stretch, according to FanGraphs.com.

He doesn’t allow many home runs and has impeccable control while providing innings, twice topping 200 in the last three seasons. And at 6-foot-8, he’s able to get his pitches on top of batters quicker despite lacking the velocity of his fellow starters.

“[Fister] doesn’t light up the radar gun, by any stretch of the imagination, as compared to a lot of guys in baseball these days,” Washington manager Matt Williams said. “But he’s that guy that you walk up there and go, ‘Man, I’m 0-for-4, how did that happen?’ And you just keep beating balls into the ground.”

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