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 ESPN.com 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. 


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40 Comments on "Blue Jays Extend Dustin McGowan"


3 years 5 months ago

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

go_jays_go
3 years 5 months 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.

Nicholas Grimson
3 years 5 months ago

you gain service time while on the dl.

kwiell
3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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

g_brar793
3 years 5 months ago

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

Jaysfan724
3 years 5 months ago

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

StiebSlider
3 years 5 months ago

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

johnsmith4
3 years 5 months 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.

StiebSlider
3 years 5 months ago

Okay thx man

meanguygary
3 years 5 months ago

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

Jose_Bautista
3 years 5 months ago

Good for him and the Jays.

Jose_Bautista
3 years 5 months 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.

3 years 5 months ago

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

johnsmith4
3 years 5 months 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 5 months 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.

brendonkuhn
3 years 5 months 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.

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 5 months ago

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

johnsmith4
3 years 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

johnsmith4
3 years 5 months ago

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

grant77
3 years 5 months ago

I approve.

Sniderlover
3 years 5 months 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 5 months 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

TheodoreRoosevelt
3 years 5 months 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. 

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 5 months ago

let’s lock up Jesse Litsch now!

johnsmith4
3 years 5 months ago

You can do it JPR!!!

jedicouncil
3 years 5 months ago

hes already locked up….to the refridgerator.

vilifyingforce
3 years 5 months ago

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