It’s a Major League deal, what Fister had been looking for this entire offseason and into the season.
Fister, 33, went 12-13 with a 4.64 ERA, 1.43 WHIP in 32 starts over 180.1 innings last year for the Houston Astros. He also posted a 4.75 FIP, the worst since his first major league season in 2009 with the Seattle Mariners.
The Mets attended the showcase for Fister earlier this month and showed interest in signing the starter, but ultimately decided on an option in Tommy Milone who had been already pitching this year.
In eight big league seasons, Fister has a 77-76 record with a 3.60 ERA and 6.0 K/9.
Loney, 33, was released earlier this month by the Detroit Tigers after hitting only .229/.387/.250 in 16 games for Triple-A Toledo.