ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies have signed pitcher Dustin McGowan. The Phillies have been on the hunt for pitching depth since losing Cliff Lee to another injury earlier in spring training. McGowan is expected to pitch out of the bullpen, but could make a start when the Phillies need a fifth starter on April 12.
Over parts of seven seasons in the majors, McGowan has a 4.57 career ERA with a 392/199 K/BB ratio in 482 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old right-hander was released by the Dodgers at the end of March after allowing six runs in eight innings in the Cactus League.
MLB.com beat writer Ken Gurnick reports that free agent right-hander Dustin McGowan was at the Dodgers’ spring training complex Sunday and is expected to sign with the team. It will presumably be a non-guaranteed minor league contract.
McGowan posted an underwhelming 4.17 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 82 innings (eight starts and 45 relief appearances) last season for the Blue Jays. He was once considered a top prospect, but the soon-to-be 33-year-old has a long history of health issues and will likely be nothing more than organizational depth for Los Angeles.
Toronto declined his $4 million option on November 1, paying him a $500,000 buyout instead.
Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “have expressed interest” in free agent right-hander Dustin McGowan.
Once a top prospect and young building block in the Blue Jays’ rotation, McGowan’s career was derailed by numerous injuries and last season he logged more than 25 innings in the majors for the first time since way back in 2008.
McGowan split time between the rotation and bullpen last year, but it sounds like the Orioles are pursuing the 33-year-old strictly as a reliever. Combined during the past two seasons McGowan has a 3.01 ERA and 62/28 K/BB ratio in 69 innings out of the bullpen.