The Detroit Tigers have traded right-hander Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players.

The Tigers obtained infielder/outfielder Steve Lombardozzi, relief pitcher Ian Krol and minor-league pitcher Robbie Ray in return for Fister.

Lombardozzi is a second baseman/left fielder who is a switch hitter. He has hit .264 with a .639 OPS in three seasons in the majors with the Nationals. Krol, a left-handed reliever, went 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.317 WHIP for the Nationals in 32 games in 2013, his first season in the majors.

Ray, a left-handed starter, is 17-20 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.356 WHIP in four seasons in the minors. He has never pitched above the Double-A level.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said shortly after the season ended that he expected that left-hander Drew Smyly would be in the rotation next season, so the Tigers were expected to trade a starting pitcher this offseason. Speculation centered around Max Scherzer, who will be a free agent in a year, as well as Rick Porcello and Fister, who are both due raises this offseason through the arbitration process.

Fister went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.308 WHIP in 2013 for the Tigers and was 32-20 with a 3.29 ERA in two-and-a-half seasons with the Tigers.