Cubs Sign Mike MacDougal

The Cubs have signed Mike MacDougal to a minor league deal, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune tweets. The Dodgers released the right-hander after designating him for assignment earlier this month.

MacDougal, 35, struggled through seven appearances with the Dodgers this year, allowing nine hits, six walks and five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He had signed a one-year, $1MM deal in January after spending the 2011 season with the Dodgers. He posted a 2.05 ERA with 6.5 K/9, 4.5 BB/9 and a 60.9% ground ball rate in 57 innings last year, when he ranked tenth among MLB pitchers in ground ball rate (minimum 50 innings). 

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  1. Guest 3 years ago

    Good short term move. Groundball pitchers in Wrigley are a must. If he carries a 3.50 ERA for the rest of the year if is a epic win.

  2. scott brecht 3 years ago

    Solid move.  Need some cheap bullpen depth.  Camp can’t continue to pitch everyday like he practically has been.  Would be nice to find a veteran lefty somewhere.  

  3. rockfordone 3 years ago

    Must be a good guy. Problem is he can’t find the plate. Not good for a pitcher.

  4. the_show 3 years ago

    The man hasn’t been able to pitch in years…he has awful control

    How he keeps getting jobs is a mystery

    •  This 2.05 ERA last year says differently.

      • BlueSkyLA
        BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

        It’s true that a ground ball pitcher like MacDougal can allow a lot of baserunners and still maintain a picturesque ERA, but if you look at him over the course of his career you won’t find much to like, at least if consistency is important to you.

      • DodgerCyan 3 years ago

        It was pretty amazing that he kept his ERA so low last year.  It seemed like each time he pitched he would load the bases.  The plus is that he produces some good double play balls.

      • thegrayrace 3 years ago

        4.5 BB/9 tells you more about control than ERA.

        FIP of 3.96.

        He allowed 17 inherited runners to score last season.

        • BlueSkyLA
          BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

          I’m not a MacDougal fan or anything but I do wonder about the inherited runners scoring stat. I don’t know how you make a useful statistical comparison. He did appear in almost half of the Dodgers’ games last season and middle relief pitchers will almost always come in with runners on base.

          • thegrayrace 3 years ago

            Apparently he allowed 34% of inherited runners to score, while the league average was 30%. So yeah, a lot of that has to due with the number of times he came in with runners on base, but he was still below average, even with his high groundball percentage.

          • BlueSkyLA
            BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

            Who tracks that stat? I’ve never seen it anywhere.

          • thegrayrace 3 years ago

            Didn’t actually find it on any statistic site, but it was mentioned in a few articles about MacDougal resigning with the Dodgers in the offseason.

  5. DodgerCyan 3 years ago

    Poor Cubs.  Hope MickeyD works out for you.  

  6. BlueSkyLA
    BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

    This guy was at one time decent bullpen fodder, but now it seems he is only decent A-ball fodder.

  7. Cubs problem now good luck with this guy!!

  8. Chiburgh 3 years ago

    I hope to be proven wrong, but I’m not so confident this is the best guy to be bringing in. We already have reliever who can’t throw strikes.

  9. MINOR LEAGUE DEAL… no risk for the big league club.

  10. jammin502 3 years ago

    Send Volstad down to AAA to hang with MacDougal and send Maine back up to give us another lefty in the bull pen.  Coleman can then take Volstad’s spot in the rotation.

    • Volstad is out of options, so they can’t send him down without the risk of another team claiming him. Yes, he’s been brutal this year, but they’re not going to give him away, especially considering the money the paid to get him in exchange for Carlos Zambrano.

      • jammin502 3 years ago

         The money spent on Big Z was a sunk cost.  The Cubs were going to have to pay that no matter what.  This team cannot continue to take a “L” every time Volstad pitches and gives up his 5 run inning.  He either goes to the bull pen, minors, or some other team.  I’d rather take my chances with T. Wood, Coleman or Rusin.

  11. jb226 3 years ago

    Haven’t Cubs fans suffered enough with relievers who can’t find the plate?!

    • BlueSkyLA
      BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      Cubs fans have never suffered enough. This is one of the great certainties of baseball.

  12. headsupkid01 3 years ago

    why does anyone sign this guy? 

  13. Thomas Dennis 3 years ago

    This is a good move. The Cubs need to bring  bums to AAA  Iowa so someone can fill in there when the good pitchers are called up to Chicago.

  14. Tacho Bill 3 years ago

    This guy has my favorite pitching mechanics in MLB. He really puts everything into throwing the ball. It’s very…kinetic.

  15. maxbelmont 3 years ago

    It is a minor league contract.  Mike MacDougal gives them depth in case of injury.  I love all the knee jerk reactions from fans.

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