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Dodgers sign Mike MacDougal to minor league deal

Jan 29, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

Mike McDougal

The Dodgers signed former All-Star reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, according to the team’s Twitter feed.

OK, so I really wanted to use that former All-Star line. Fact is, MacDougal hasn’t been an effective pitcher for a few years now.

MacDougal, who turns 34 in March, posted a 7.23 ERA and 14/12 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings with the Cardinals last season.

He still cranks it up in the mid-90s with regularity, so he can be very difficult to hit at times. The only problem is that he often doesn’t have any idea where the ball is going. He has averaged 6.5 BB/9 since the start of the 2007 season, the highest among all major league pitchers with at least 130 innings pitched during that timespan.

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