The rumors have been pretty loud over the past couple months, well, it's finally official. The Dodgers are bringing Mike MacDougal
back for 2012, and wait, what's this? An option for 2013 also? Shocking. That's right, according to Dylan Hernandez
, MacDougal has signed a one-year deal worth $650K, the deal contains a $2.35MM option for 2013, or a $350K buyout. Hernandez
also noted that Colletti said that he thought MacDougal benefited from the way Mattingly used him, as well as the instruction from Honeycutt and Howell.
MacDougal had a pretty solid 2011 season with the Dodgers, as he posted a 2.05 ERA with 6.5 K/9, 4.5 BB/9 in 57 innings. If MacDougal can post similar numbers in 2012, this could be the best free agent signing all winter. Even if MacDougal falls apart one way or the other, this deal is still a pretty good one. MacDougal was arguably our best reliever not named Javy Guerra
last season, so $650K is well worth the risk. I am not a big fan of the option year especially at the ridiculous $2.35MM. So figuring the Dodgers go the obvious route of buying it out, the whole deal will cost $1MM, still worth the risk.
The Dodgers suddenly find themselves to be in a situation where they can actually be selective with the Opening Day bullpen. The Dodgers have Jansen, MacDougal, Elbert, Hawksworth, Belisario, Troncoso, Guerrier, Lindblom, and Guerra to choose from already. That's not counting non-roster invites like Grabow, Ledezma, Ascansio, and Castillo. I'm sure Mattingly and Honeycutt can scrap a bullpen together out of that, right?
This according to Dylan Hernandez
should probably conclude the Dodgers free agent spending this winter. When asked by Colletti if he was done shopping, Colletti responded with "I think so." Which actually means, shouldn't I never had started spending in the first place? Hhave you seen what I have done to the poor franchise?