GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers on Monday made official what was expected on Sunday, the signing of Dustin McGowan to a one-year major league contract.
To make room for McGowan on the 40-man roster, fellow new signing Brandon Beachy was placed on the 60-day disabled list, as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
The Dodgers were interested in adding to their bullpen even before Kenley Jansen had foot surgery last week. It is unknown whether McGowan will factor into the discussion of potential temporary closer in April, but he will be in the bullpen in some role, at least.
"If we bring somebody in in the near term, it will be somebody we were already talking to pre-Kenley's injury," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on Thursday.
In relief, McGowan had a 3.35 ERA in 2014 compared to 5.08 in his eight starts. He also saw a velocity spike in the bullpen, averaging 95.65 mph on his four-seam fastball and 95.83 mph on his sinker per Brooks Baseball, compared to 93.72 mph and 93.88 mph, respectively while starting.
McGowan will wear No. 27.