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Cubs sign Dodgers castoff Mike MacDougal to minors deal

May 15, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Mike MacDougal has found a new team after being released by the Dodgers, signing a minor-league contract with the Cubs.

MacDougal’s shiny 2.05 ERA last season masked unimpressive secondary numbers and he’s always struggled to consistently throw strikes, but for a minor-league deal he’s still worth a flier at age 35.

He allowed five runs in 5.2 innings for the Dodgers prior to being released, with more walks (6) than strikeouts (4), and hasn’t been healthy and effective in back-to-back seasons since 2005/2006.

  1. lanflfan - May 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Buyer beware.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Low risk, low cost, nothing but possible upside here. Works for me.

    • 84cubs - May 15, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      Agreed. If he gets an consistency going by the trade deadline, Theo will spin him off for a prospect or two.

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