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Relief Is On The Way

Couple of reliever signings occurred today.

The Cards inked righty Russ Springer to a one-year deal for $1.75MM.  Can't complain about that one in a world where Mike Stanton got two years.  The Devil Rays may have to focus on David Riske now.

Meanwhile, the White Sox locked down Mike MacDougal for three years and $6.45MM with a club option for 2010.  The idea here is to buy out his arbitration years and perhaps first year of free agency.  If healthy, he provides a viable alternative should Bobby Jenks be unable to pitch the ninth inning.

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How does Joe Borowski get significantly more than McDougall?

Because Borowski is a closer. Duh.

MacDougal is/was a closer too. In fact he had the record for rookie saves in April until Papelbon broke it this season (which wasn't long I guess).

The reason he's cheaper is because he was not going to be a free agent. 2010 was his first FA year, but now there's an option for him then. In fact, Chicago might've been able to talk him into less money. This just avoids those nasty arbitration hearings for the next few years, and maybe keep him off the market for an extra season.

Good deal for both players. I wouldn't mind having MacDougal in Boston for even more :)

Joe Borowski is a closer like Fausto Carmona is a closer.

Who gives a shit if he had the most saves by a rookie closer in april? I mean honeslty... whata ridiculous and pointless stat. Kaz Matsui is probably the only guy to hit a home run in his first AB of the season in his first 3 years of MLB, but who cares, honestly. If a guy has a save oppurtunity, in the first 30 games of the season, and saves 18 out of 30, does that make him special. MacDougal wasnt a closer last year, and he wasnt signed to be a closer, which is why he wasnt signed for as much as Borowski. Like Mike Meyer said... DUH. Joe Borowski had 36 saves and pitched 70 innings with a decent era. Nothing to sneeze at for an Indians team starved for bullpen help

MacDougal is more of a middle reliever now... Borowski can still close and has a tendency of staying off the DL... Regardless of whether he "failed" a physical or not. The guy is a gamer and has put up real decent stats the last couple of seasons...

Gotta remember too, he was closing for a Marlins team that was horrible until the last 2 months of the season last year... He didn't get 36 saves in 2 months either which tells ya he made the most of his opportunities.

"Joe Borowski is a closer like Fausto Carmona is a closer"

Congratulations, you win the dumbest comment of the week award... That is no small feat either.

Fausto Carmona was shell shocked, unconfident, batting practice fastball thrower that got rocked and so did his confidence...

Borowski is all guts. He doesn't have closer stuff and is far from it... But, he throws strikes and challenges hitters. He doesn't avoid contact which is key. I like him and wish the Phils could have gotten him...

"Who gives a shit if he had the most saves by a rookie closer in april? I mean honeslty... whata ridiculous and pointless stat. Kaz Matsui is probably the only guy to hit a home run in his first AB of the season in his first 3 years of MLB, but who cares, honestly. If a guy has a save oppurtunity, in the first 30 games of the season, and saves 18 out of 30, does that make him special. MacDougal wasnt a closer last year, and he wasnt signed to be a closer, which is why he wasnt signed for as much as Borowski. Like Mike Meyer said... DUH. Joe Borowski had 36 saves and pitched 70 innings with a decent era. Nothing to sneeze at for an Indians team starved for bullpen help"

You're missing the point. The point is, MacDougal wasn't a free agent. He was already under team control. That's why he's not getting paid the same (at least the main reason). Him and Borowski were in completely different situations. They're not even comparable, so it's pointless to bring it up.

Id take Borowski back on the Cubs any day of the week. They gave up on him way too fast. He came out of nowhere in '03 and without him they don't make the playoffs. And after an injury shortened 2004 they foolishly released him after pitching only 11 innings. After the D-rays picked him up he had a 3.82 in 35.3 innings the rest of the season.

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