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Mac The Ninth Sneaks Around Corner, Signs Minor League Deal With Dodgers

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Mike MacDougal has been a tad wild in the last four seasons, walking 6.5 batters per nine innings.
Mike MacDougal has been a tad wild in the last four seasons, walking 6.5 batters per nine innings.

The Dodgers added another arm to their stable of spring training non-roster invitees, signing right-hander Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract. The former closer with the Royals, made an All-Star team in 2003, then faded into obscurity before saving 20 games for the Nationals in 2009. A few notes about MacDougal, who will turn 34 on March 5:

  • I loved his nickname as closer in Kansas City: "Mac the Ninth"
  • However, his full name is Robert Meiklejohn MacDougal, and who needs a nickname with a name like Meiklejohn?
  • From 2007-2010, MacDougal walked 95 batters and struck out 99 in 132 1/3 major league innings, while pitching for the White Sox, Nats, and Cardinals.
  • During that same time period, MacDougal has walked 51 batters in 96 2/3 minor league innings (4.7 per nine innings), though he also struck out 101 batters.

The Dodgers now have 17 non-roster invitees to spring training.