The Detroit Tigers traded right-hander Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players Monday night, opening a spot in their rotation and perhaps saving some money to keep Max Scherzer beyond next season.

Detroit received infielder Steve Lombardozzi, minor league lefty Robbie Ray and reliever Ian Krol for Fister, a 14-game winner for the A.L. Central champions.

Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a statement that left-handed reliever Drew Smyly will be made a starter.

  • The Giants nontendered right-hander Sandy Rosario and outfielder Francisco Peguero, who had been designated for assignment. The club tendered contracts to arbitration-eligible players Brandon Belt, Gregor Blanco, Joaquin Arias, Tony Abreu and Yusmeiro Petit.

  • Right-hander Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Kalish were cut loose by Boston. Bailey made 30 appearances before season-ending shoulder surgery July 24. He was limited to 19 games in 2012, the first season after the Red Sox acquired him from the A's in the Josh Reddick deal.

  • Catcher Dioner Navarro and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract. Several hours after announcing the deal, the Blue Jays cut loose catcher J.P. Arencibia.

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired former Giants catcher Chris Stewart from the Yankees for a player to be named. Stewart and the Pirates then agreed to a $1 million, one-year deal.

    College football

    The Big Ten Conference issued a public reprimand of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and fined the university $10,000 for Pelini's comments about the officiating in a loss to Iowa last week. A university spokeswoman said the money will come out of Pelini's compensation.

  • Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson announced that he's forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

  • A Birmingham, Ala., woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend's Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn't seem upset over the Crimson Tide's loss to archrival Auburn, said the sister of the slain woman. Adrian Laroze Briskey, 28, was charged with murder in the killing of 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd.

    Staff writer Alex Pavlovic contributed to this report.