Blue Jays Extend Dustin McGowan

3:28pm: The team announced the deal, which will pay McGowan $1.5MM per season in 2013 and 2014 and includes a $4MM club option for 2015 (with a $500K buyout, according to The Associated Press).

2:50pm: Dustin McGowan, who arrived at Spring Training without a guaranteed spot in the Blue Jays' rotation, now has job security for at least two years. The oft-injured right-hander has agreed to terms with the Blue Jays on a two-year contract extension with an option, Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio tweets

McGowan returned from shoulder trouble to make five Major League appearances last year, his first big league action since 2008. ACES represents the right-hander, who removed himself from a minor league start yesterday because of plantar fasciitis. McGowan, who turned 30 on Saturday, had already agreed to terms with the Blue Jays on a one-year, $600K deal for 2012. 

40 Responses to Blue Jays Extend Dustin McGowan Leave a Reply

  1. I can’t imagine this being for a very high salary, McGowan can barely get through a single sentence withou- “ow my shoulder!!”

    • $17867741 3 years ago

      McGowan is already signed for 600k in 2012, and in reality, this
      contract extension is actually designed to cover at least 2 years of
      free agency.

      I’m actually interested in figuring out how McGowan already has 5 years of service time.

  2. kwiell 3 years ago

    No one in MLB has the job security that Dustin McGowan has.

  3. Well… good? Depending on how much this contract is for…

  4. Very excited for him! Came so close to calling it a career too.

  5. That’s friendly of them.  Hope it has one of those crazy clauses like Andrew Miller’s contract from last year.

  6. g_brar793 3 years ago

    Great for Dustin and his family. Great for the Blue Jays. Great all around!

  7. Jaysfan724 3 years ago

    I hope McGowan has a successful year, he deserves it after all he has gone through.

  8. StiebSlider 3 years ago

    Does this give him/Jays protection if they have to dfa him to send him to the minors?

    • johnsmith4 3 years ago

      Nope…a player only gets three seasons of optional assignments in his career when he is activated onto the 40-man roster.  Four seasons if he is activated right out of high-school.  Adeiny Hechavarria has four seasons of optional assignments because he signed a pro contract along with his signing bonus and MLB categorized him as a high-school signing.

  9. meanguygary 3 years ago

    Sooooo…where are all the usual suspects to corroborate Bowden’s claim?  

  10. Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

    Good for him and the Jays.

  11. Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

    I think its 2 year 3-4 Million with couple of options tacked on.

    If he fails, no biggy. You can not get this type of deal with Dustin McGowan type of upside.

  12. mcgowan is a younger version of chris young..statswise that is…great deal AA

  13. johnsmith4 3 years ago

    Very shrewd signing by AA.  If McGowan overcomes his injuries, he has the potential to be another Chris Carpenter.  If not, not much money was lost in the endeavour.

    • vilifyingforce 3 years ago

       It’s been so long since McGowan’s potential was discussed I forgot how high he used to be ranked. I don’t know if he can be as good as Carpenter(I know he’s compared to Carp because of injuries), but, I’d take it in a heartbeat.

  14. brendonkuhn 3 years ago

    Could end up being thrown away money, but if it is, it’s just 3 mil. If Dustin can SOMEHOW figure it out and stay healthy, it will certainly pay off.

  15. HerbertAnchovy 3 years ago

    Nice. Classic low risk/ high reward type of deal.

    • johnsmith4 3 years ago

      Gotta agree with you….but….I believe you meant low cost/high reward.

      Even if McGowan doesn’t “break out”, AA will pay no more than $1 mil per WAR on McGowan for the next three seasons.  A very easy contract to move if AA has to make room for emerging prospects.

      • Snoochies8 3 years ago

        in general, from what i can understand, low cost=low risk, i’m not 100% sure though

        • johnsmith4 3 years ago

          You are probably right…but…I figured I would risk being wrong since it won’t cost me anything.

  16. grant77 3 years ago

    I approve.

  17. Sniderlover 3 years ago

    I like it. If it works out, it’s a steal. If it doesn’t, you’re not losing that much money. McGowan gets the security he wanted and needs. Hopefully he can stay healthy and do well. 

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      realistically he’s given his last 3 years of his life to make it back to this point..

      its got to be tough to worry about blowing an arm and having to go out and start a new career.

      not that this was the reason, I doubt the jays are generous. I’m sure they put him through some tough physicals and exams before inking this

  18. TheodoreRoosevelt 3 years ago

    Some are on such an austerity kick that they’ve flipped their lids over this one. But really, it’s peanuts: $1.5m v 2 years to protect a potentially big asset. It’s old-fashioned insurance at a low premium. Tough to hate. 

  19. Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

    let’s lock up Jesse Litsch now!

  20. jedicouncil 3 years ago

    hes already locked up….to the refridgerator.

    • vilifyingforce 3 years ago

      Reply fail. And somehow he’s taller/lighter then Snider.

  21. Mike Christian 3 years ago

     he’s out of options. now he’s likely to clear waivers if they want to send him to the minors. maybe buys him another year of rehab in the minors if noone want to risk 3mil on him…

    • Jaysfan724 3 years ago

      I feel like if that was to happen they would throw him on the 15 day DL for “arm soreness” instead to avoid that.

      • vilifyingforce 3 years ago

         Exactly. You don’t sign a guy to a contract so it’s easier to sneak him through waivers.

  22. bigpat 3 years ago

    I don’t get why they’re tacking on future seasons for him when he hasn’t really pitched in three years. It can’t be that hard for them to find starting pitching that they’d lock him up when there’s no guarantee he’ll even pitch well if he is healthy. 

    • johnsmith4 3 years ago

      I think they are doing it because they believe he has tremendous upside if he stays healthy.  He was a 4 fWAR pitcher just before getting injured.  Plus, he did rank as high as 18 in Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects and was a Tier 1 high school prospect.  He has a tremendous pedigree to go along with good stuff.

  23. letsgogiants 3 years ago

    This guy was surprisingly a beast in MLB 2K6. Trading Schmidt for him and others proved to be great as he outperformed him that season (not a great game at all, but it just brought back a nostalgia feeling to me).

  24. Jaysfan724 3 years ago

    You can definitely make arguments for both sides of the case no doubt about it, but the fact he is still showing signs of his stuff back from the beginning of his career, I don’t see anything wrong with the gamble.  And the difference between 27 and 30 is not much. Granted 3 years is a difference, but it is still prime years. McGowan would be 34 at the end of this deal (if the option is picked up) so if he does get completely healthy and back to where he was, the Jays could utilize the rest of his prime years.

  25. Toronto310 3 years ago

    i see where you are coming from, but the team must have seen enough of him in exhibition season to warrant this deal. And with his latest injury maybe that took place after they agreed to the contract and or AA was assured that it wasnt serious by the medical staff.

  26. mp87 3 years ago

    if they want to dfa him now i can’t imagine anyone claiming him.  one thought i had when i saw the numbers was that no one would claim him if they wanted to send him down again.  they essentially paid for an option figuring they have already paid him so much over the years, what’s another few million

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