Dodgers, Mike MacDougal Nearing Deal

The Dodgers are nearing a one-year, $1MM deal with free agent reliever Mike MacDougal, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Hendricks Sports represents the 34-year-old right-hander.

MacDougal spent the 2011 season with the Dodgers and posted a 2.05 ERA with 6.5 K/9, 4.5 BB/9 and a 60.9% ground ball rate in 57 innings. He ranked tenth among MLB pitchers in ground ball rate last year (minimum 50 innings). The 11-year veteran has a career ERA of 3.94 with 7.4 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9.


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31 Comments on "Dodgers, Mike MacDougal Nearing Deal"


Zach
3 years 6 months ago

Surprised he didn’t get more interest. Nice, solid pickup for them.

thegrayrace
3 years 6 months ago

1.456 WHIP. And he allowed inherited runners to score like mad. The ERA is a mirage. MacDougal should be relegated to mop-up duties, at best.

MacDougal is OK for bullpen depth, but Guerra, Jansen, Lindblom, and Elbert are all better than MacDougal, as is Belisario if he’s gotten his act together. The Dodgers also have Guerrier (long term contract) and Hawksworth (out of options).

I’d rather they sign a 2nd lefty, as I’m assuming Kuo isn’t coming back.

3 years 6 months ago

Kuo should be getting MacDougal’s contract.

Elbert shouldn’t be and isn’t a loogy. Use Kuo as a loogy until hes ready to pitch in high leverage innings again

BlueLA
3 years 6 months ago

Sigh, knowing Ned it’s probably a two year deal worth 8 million.  

3 years 6 months ago

and backloaded

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 6 months ago

Sigh, I am sure tired of hearing this sort of moaning. I think we’d at least agree that he’s due a raise over last year.

BlueLA
3 years 6 months ago

oh he’s due a raise, just not from the Dodgers. With Jansen, Lindbloom, Guerra, Elbert, Hawksworth and a handful of minor league players that could do what MacDougal does for half the price and with more upside.  

thegrayrace
3 years 6 months ago

Not to mention the overpaid Guerrier… and the prospect of Belisario coming back (seeming likely).

3 years 6 months ago

Did Ned not watch him allow all those baserunners to score?

thegrayrace
3 years 6 months ago

But look at his ERA!!!

/sarcasm

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 6 months ago

Give it a rest. Nobody is really making a better argument. He allowed 16 runs in 57 innings last season.

thegrayrace
3 years 6 months ago

Plus the 17 inherited runners he allowed to score.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 6 months ago

Where did you get that number?

thegrayrace
3 years 6 months ago

L.A. Times article on the signing.

I’m not sure which stat sites keep track of those numbers, but if you Google “Mike MacDougal inherited runners” numerous articles mention it.

I knew the number was high from memory, but to be fair 14 of the 17 were before the AS break. He improved a lot after that.

3 years 6 months ago

apparently coletti has decided the dodgers have enough utility guys

jeremy
3 years 6 months ago

not a bad deal dude was the best bullpen arm on the team for the full year. 

3 years 6 months ago

No he wasn’t..

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 6 months ago

With an ERA of 2.05 it’s sure arguable that he was. And before you quote any other stats, we already know that he’s not a strikeout type of pitcher.

3 years 6 months ago

He’s also not a stranding runners type of pitcher

3 years 6 months ago

I can’t find the stats but yeah, MacDougal was a nightmare with runners on base

those K/BB ratios are bad as well

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 6 months ago

No he’s a double play sort of pitcher. I’m not saying he’s great but any pitcher you can trot out there almost every other day in relief is worth something in most bullpens.

3 years 6 months ago

Go out every day and do what? Allow runners to score? Don’t understand why any team would want that

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

He had a 2.05 ERA but his FIP and xFIP were 3.96 and 4.02. He was decent last year but not someone who I would give a guaranteed contract too right now. Our bullpen is already solid with Guerra, Jansen, Elbert, Guerrier, Lindblom, and Hawksworth. I would rather have had a bunch of non-rosters fight for the last spot.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 6 months ago

I get your point, but do we really have any non-roster invites who are likely to be better? Seems to me the Dodgers signed a lot of meat to play in the minors, nobody we could get very excited about watching play for the big team.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

Angel Guzman was good once upon a time, and John Grabow could potentially be useful as a second lefty behind Elbert. Beyond that there is still time to possibly pick up a couple guys. I kind of just don’t like any moves the Dodgers are making right now honestly. I’m ready for new ownership and a new team that isn’t super old. The bullpen was the one area where the team was getting younger and I just don’t really see a reason to guarantee a spot to MacDougal.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 6 months ago

Both rehab cases. The successful return rate for these guys is pretty low. If one of them shines in triple-A or spring training then they’ve got enough flexibility to bring them up, even with MacDougal on the roster. With pitching it’s all about depth. I am not thrilled or overly bothered with bringing him back for a year. Agreed though, the new ownership can’t come quickly enough.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

Yea, I don’t think he was even top 5.

thegrayrace
3 years 6 months ago

Jansen, Guerra, Lindblom and Elbert were all significantly better than MacDougal last year in just about every category that matters for a reliever (and ERA isn’t one of them).

melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

6.5 K/9. 4.5 BB/9. 

This guy is still terrible, just really lucky. Anything above a minor league deal or MLB deal for league min is a bad idea. 

3 years 6 months ago

Has a decent fastball, no real control to speak of. ERA is supressed by the fact he allowed other pitchers runners to score

triple_play_baseball
3 years 6 months ago

He won’t be on the team come August, bank on it. No way he sustains that kind of luck with those kinds of numbers. But oh well, at least it was cheap.