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Dodgers re-sign reliever Mike MacDougal for $1 million

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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.

Diamondbacks fire pitching coach Mike Harkey

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have fired pitching coach Mike Harkey following a season in which the staff ranked ninth among NL teams in runs allowed.

That actually represents a big improvement from last season, when the Diamondbacks allowed the second-most runs in the league in Harkey’s first year as pitching coach, but the Tony La Russa-led front office has decided to make a change.

Prior to joining the Diamondbacks two offseasons ago Harkey served as the Yankees’ bullpen coach from 2008-2013. He pitched eight seasons in the majors.

Nats expected to consider Cal Ripken for the manager job

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FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are expected to consider Cal Ripken Jr. for their managerial vacancy. Ripken, of course, was recently reported to have been considered by the club the last time the job was open.

This could be a courtesy. And if you’re a Nats fan, you have to hope it is, right? Because the single biggest argument in favor of Matt Williams when he was hired was that he was a top player in his day, wasn’t too far removed from his playing career and could be a good clubhouse guy who understood what made major leaguers tick. His lack of experience was brushed off. All of which would be the same thing for Ripken, except he doesn’t even have the coaching experience Williams had and is even farther removed from his playing days.

I know he’s famous and everything, but if the Nationals’ 2015 season is evidence of anything, perhaps it should be evidence that sometimes it’s useful to have a manager who has actually, you know, made a pitching change once in his professional life.