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.