Nats Sign Reliever MacDougal
Mike MacDougal is a former all-star relief pitcher. These days he's a long way from regaining that form, but the Washington Nationals signed the right-hander today simply as another modest option for a struggling bullpen. MacDougal, 32, will be assigned to Class AAA Syracuse.
A nine-year big league veteran with 262 games pitched, all but three in relief, MacDougal closed games for the Kansas City Royals in 2003 (his lone all-star season) and 2005. He's spent parts of the last three years -- counting the start of 2009 -- with the Chicago White Sox. But on April 21, with five appearances and 12.46 ERA, MacDougal was designated for assignment; he later cleared waivers and became a free agent.
For his career, MacDougal has a 4.18 ERA and 50 career saves.
Washington's bullpen this year has a 5.28 ERA, and is currently using two veterans who weren't on the roster at the start of March -- Kip Wells and Julian Tavarez -- to close games.
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