Despite making multiple moves to improve their roster this season, the Mets were still in the market for starting pitching depth, according to SNY's Andy Martino. There are numerous starters still waiting to sign with a new team for the season.
But one came off the market on Wednesday, and not because he inked a new deal.
Veteran RHP Doug Fister will retire from the MLB after 10 big league seasons, his agent Page Odle told MLB.com's Jon Morosi. Fister was on the Mets' radar along with several other starters, including Gio Gonzalez and Brett Anderson.
"He's been contemplating this for a couple months," Odle told Morosi. "The main reason is that he wants to start a new chapter in his life. This is 100 percent family driven. He's really excited about being a dad and husband. He's very much a family-oriented guy."
Fister's best baseball came during the Tigers' dominance in the AL Central a few years back that saw four straight division titles. He also has great postseason numbers with a 3.02 ERA over 10 games (nine starts).
Since 2014, the 35-year-old has bounced around the league, playing for the Nationals, Astros, Red Sox, and most recently the Rangers.
Overall, Fister finishes his career with a 3.72 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 970 strikeouts in over 242 games.