All-time Mariners' pitching staff of best players who got away

To close out this 3-part series, we work our way onto the mound diving into the best pitching staff the Mariners could have, and should have, held onto.

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Doug Fister
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SP - Doug Fister - (7/30/2011) SP Doug Fister and RP David Pauley to the Detroit Tigers for pitchers Charlie Furbush and Chance Ruffin, 3B Francisco Rodriguez, and OF Casper Wells in 2011.

Doug Fister is not a huge name like Randy Johnson or some other players on this list, but he was able to be a nice contributor to the Detroit Tigers teams of the early 2010s. He helped Detroit make the playoffs in each of his three seasons with the team, and followed that up with his last truly good year in 2014, playing for the Nationals. In 2.5 years with the Mariners,

Fister never posted a winning record. Something clicked in Detroit; however, as he finished the 2011 season with them and posted an 8-1 record to go along with a 1.79 ERA. The prime of his career lasted 4 seasons, between 2011-2014, and then failed to post an ERA better than 4.19 after that.

Did the Mariners at least get a decent return in the deal? Safe to say, that's a no. And I know many of us liked Charlie Furbush, although his numbers may not have been anything crazy. That being said, he was a good left-handed reliever for us in the 'pen. He even was able to be a spot starter on occasion. Certainly better than David Pauley who was sent to Detroit alongside Fister, though. Casper Wells was also really nothing more than a low-percentage pull for our Immaculate Grids, retiring just a few years after the trade.

Was this an earth-shattering deal? No. Could Fister have had the same success in Seattle that he had in Detroit and Washington? Who knows. But, I know he would be a nice addition to the back end of the rotation in this all-time lineup.