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Nationals sign Mike MacDougal to minor league deal

Jul 30, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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Mike MacDougal is on the move again, agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Nationals after previously being released by the Dodgers and Cubs this season.

Last year MacDougal had a nice-looking 2.05 ERA in 69 appearances for the Dodgers, but his 41/29 K/BB ratio in 57 innings was significantly less impressive and this season the 35-year-old coughed up 18 runs in 18 innings at Triple-A for the Cubs.

He’s being paid $1 million as part of a contract signed with the Dodgers, but at this point MacDougal is merely Triple-A depth for the Nationals.

  1. kkolchak - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Welcome back, Mikey Mac! Nats fans will always appreciate the way MacDougal stepped in as the closer after the 2009 Great Nats Bullpen Meltdown that resulted in the entire group of relievers who started the year with the team being demoted, traded or released by new GM Mike Rizzo as he tried to clean up the mess left to him by Jim Bowden. Without Mac’s 20 for 21 in SVOs down the stretch, the Nats might have lost 120 that year. :)

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