Veteran reliever Mike MacDougal has re-signed with the Dodgers for a one-year contract that includes an option for 2013, with Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reporting that the deal is worth $1 million.
MacDougal joined the Dodgers on a minor-league deal last offseason and threw 57 innings with a 2.05 ERA, so the fact that he’s having to settle for $1 million shows how little faith other teams have in his performance being for real.
And rightfully so, because prior to last season MacDougal hadn’t been healthy and effective in the same year since 2005 and even while posting a great-looking 2.05 ERA for the Dodgers he had a sub par 41/29 K/BB ratio in 57 innings.
MacDougal’s success was a fluke and odds are his ERA will at least double in 2012, although even then he’d be a decent middle reliever for $1 million.
We’ve poked fun often at the spring training trope of players showing up to camp in the “best shape of [their] life.” Reds first baseman Joey Votto has turned that entirely on its head. Talking about his offseason, the 2010 NL MVP said, “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the testing and I am fatter,” Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto, of course, wasn’t trying to say he’s not in shape; he was just using some of his trademark self-deprecating humor.
Votto did get serious when discussing the state of the rebuilding Reds. As Buchanan also reported, Votto said, “I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are starting to get tired of this stretch of ball. I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction. I’m going to do my part to help make that change.”
Votto, 34, is under contract with the Reds through at least 2023, so he still has plenty of incentive to help see the rebuild through. He has been nothing short of stellar over the last three seasons. This past season, he hit .320/.454/.578 with 36 home runs, 100 RBI, and 106 runs scored in 707 appearances across all 162 games. Votto led the majors in walks (134) and on-base percentage and led the National League in OPS (1.032).
Despite Votto’s presence, both FanGraphs and PECOTA are projecting the Reds to put up a 74-88 record. The club had a pretty quiet offseason, expecting to enter 2018 with largely the same roster as last year.