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Orioles target Doug Fister comes off the board, agrees to one-year deal with Astros

Doug Fister of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch in the 11th inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sept. 14, 2015 in Philadelphia.
Doug Fister of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch in the 11th inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sept. 14, 2015 in Philadelphia. (Brian Garfinkel / Getty Images)

Another Orioles starting rotation target came off the board today when free-agent right-hander Doug Fister agreed to terms with the Houston Astros on a one-year contract.

Fister will receive a base salary of $7 million in 2016 with incentives that could raise the total value of the deal to $12 million, according to MLB Daily Dish, which first reported the signing.

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The Orioles were interested in Fister, seeing him as an intriguing bounce-back candidate who could give them a high reward following a rocky 2015 season with the Washington Nationals.

Fister was initially seeking a two-year, $22 million deal, which the Orioles saw as a risky investment given his recent injuries, dip in velocity and struggles on the mound.

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But ultimately, Fister didn't command that kind of financial commitment, choosing to sign a one-year deal and retest free agency next season, when the starting pitching market isn't as deep.

This time last year, Fister was on the verge of a big contract, coming off the best year of his career in his first season in Washington. He went 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA and finished eighth in National League Cy Young Award voting.

But Fister's stock dropped dramatically last season. He went 5-7 with a 4.19 ERA, losing his starting spot in August. Before then, he missed a month with a flexor tendon strain.

Still, the Orioles were interested in Fister on a one-year deal with the hope that he could regain his old form. Instead, he will be inserted into an already-strong Astros rotation.

The free-agent pitching market is rapidly thinning out. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo is still out there, but he would require the Orioles to forfeit this year's first-round draft pick, something the team currently doesn't want to do.

Remaining options are possible bounce-back candidates with less upside like right-handers Mat Latos, Kyle Lohse and former Oriole Alfredo Simon.

So yeah, there's not much left out there.

Terdoslavich stays in organization

Utility man Joey Terdoslavich, who was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster when the Orioles re-signed Chris Davis, has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.

Terdoslavich was claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on Jan. 8.

The 27-year-old batted .281/.391/.452 with 11 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 24 RBIs in 42 games with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2015, including a .326/.431/.558 slash line against left-handed pitching. In 28 games with the Braves last season, he hit .214/.254/.375.

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