Marlins Sign Mike MacDougal

The Marlins have signed free agent reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training. The deal will pay MacDougal $700K if he makes the team, plus there's another $75K in performance bonuses. He joins Jose VerasSeth McClung and Derrick Turnbow as power bullpen arms the Marlins brought to camp on minor league deals.

MacDougal, 33 in March, served as the Nationals' closer after being released by the White Sox in April. He converted 20 of 21 save chances, though he walked as many men (31) as he struck out in 50 innings of work. MacDougal's fastball flirts with triple-digits, but he's put more than three runners on base for every two innings pitched ever since his All Star season back in 2003.

Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald originally reported the deal, and Ken Rosenthal of added the salary details. 

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  1. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    The cards couldn’t offer atleast a minor league deal??? Man… In a world where danys Baez. Is getting 4mil+. And RAJ is making excuses about payroll at it’s peak.. You would think mcdougal gets a major league deal

    • Ricky Bones 5 years ago

      The guy is a bum. You should hit your knees in praise that the Cardinals did no such thing.

  2. crazynatsfan 5 years ago

    i was really hoping the nats would have re signed him

  3. tigers22 5 years ago

    Smart move, very low risk. Wouldnt have minded if the Tigers could have nabbed him on a minor league deal

    • Fredschickenshack 5 years ago

      yeah i was hopin my team would grabb him, hes not a bad arm to have i liked him.. .good sign

  4. thebigdog 5 years ago

    MacDougal should be a starter.

    • Alldaybaseball 5 years ago

      NO! He has about as many strikeouts as walks. He would lead the league in walks. Stamina isn’t great either.

      • thebigdog 5 years ago

        I watched this clown for a couple of years with the White Sox and when he was good with the Royals. He doesn’t perform well under pressure, which is why he excelled again with a crappy team last season.

        You are right about his bb/so ratio but that is mostly because he starts off shaky very often and then settles down. His stamina would come around if he got stretched out. His stuff is outstanding once he settles down and I think that would happen around the middle of the second inning.

        Your points are well taken though.

        • Alldaybaseball 5 years ago

          I don’t know if I would call it excelling. He was non-tendered and signed a minor league deal…

          • thebigdog 5 years ago

            Maybe not “excelling” but he had 20 saves in ’09 and only 2 combined from ’06-’08. Improved whip in the NL too.

  5. osfan3000 5 years ago

    i too was hoping the nats would resign him. He was our most stable bullpen arm last year even though thats not saying much. He has a great arm but he tends to put himself into trouble and somehow get out of it which is why he was 20/21. good pick up marlins and for a minor league deal makes it a great deal. just hope he keeps up what he did with the nats and not what he was doing with the whitesox because if he reverts back to his old form, and he is setting up for leo nunez, leo will never get the chance to save the game.

  6. bigpat 5 years ago

    His peripherals were pretty ugly last year, but his results weren’t too bad. I think he’s a big ground ball guy so the chances of him pitching well should be pretty decent as long as he has at least some control.

  7. Matt Cool 5 years ago

    Nice signing by the Marlins!

  8. bobbybaseball 5 years ago

    He will drive you crazy with his wildness.

  9. crazynatsfan 5 years ago

    very nice signing by the marlins very nice i was really suprised that it took him so long for him to find a deal

  10. Guest 5 years ago

    I would have liked the Nats to sign him but oh well. Hopefully the Marlins fans amongst us can stock up on heart medication before the season starts.

  11. $1846466 5 years ago

    The Mets sure could have used him as a set up man. I’m going to guess Kiko Calero and Dave Weathers get similar deals. Maybe they are focusing more on Barajas. It is sad Alex Cora’s 2 million contract stands in the way of a decent 8th inning set up man. Especially with the news on Kelvim Escobar’s arm which is no suprise. The Mets could have got better defense (especially at SS), speed and health from Anderson Hernandez anyway.

    • rockiesfan_303 5 years ago

      I can see the Mets moving on Weathers and maybe Calero too if the price is right. They have to do something losing Stokes and having Nelson Figueroa among the righties coming out of the pen.

  12. Ricky Bones 5 years ago

    Have fun w/ that.

  13. rockiesfan_303 5 years ago

    MacDougal, Turnbow and McClung give the fish a lot of options in the pen behind Nunez. I really like how the bullpen is shaping up for Florida. Maybe now they need to add some lefty power off the bench? Hank Blalock?

    • Ricky Bones 5 years ago

      Not only are none of those three pitchers good, but also they are flat out bad.

  14. Guest 5 years ago

    But everyone remember…This is a Larry Beinfest/Michael Hill signing…This is bound to be a good signing.

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