Dodgers to sign right-hander Dustin McGowan

4 Comments 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.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.