Dodgers sign Mike MacDougal to minor league deal

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The Dodgers signed former All-Star reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, according to the team’s Twitter feed.

OK, so I really wanted to use that former All-Star line. Fact is, MacDougal hasn’t been an effective pitcher for a few years now.

MacDougal, who turns 34 in March, posted a 7.23 ERA and 14/12 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings with the Cardinals last season.

He still cranks it up in the mid-90s with regularity, so he can be very difficult to hit at times. The only problem is that he often doesn’t have any idea where the ball is going. He has averaged 6.5 BB/9 since the start of the 2007 season, the highest among all major league pitchers with at least 130 innings pitched during that timespan.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkins’ 2018 option

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The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million,’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.