Los Angeles Dodgers fans awoke to news Monday morning that prized Cuban prospect is expected to sign with the Boston Red Sox for a signing bonus that is believed to be near $30 million.
Shortly after reports of Moncada’s decision being in, the Dodgers officially announced the signing of Dustin McGowan to a one-year contract. To clear room for McGowan on the 40-man roster, recent signee Brandon Beachy was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Although the decision to transfer the newly-signed Beachy to the 60-day disabled list, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said the team isn’t expecting him back from Tommy John surgery until near the All-Star break.
The relief pitcher joins the Dodgers after having spent the entirety of his seven-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays. Rather than picking up their team option, the Blue Jays bought out McGowan for $500,000. He began his career as a starter, but spent the last two seasons primarily coming out of the bullpen.
Various shoulder injuries forced McGowan to miss the entire 2009, 2010 and 2012 seasons, though he is coming off his most healthy year in 2014. After struggling in eight starts last season, McGowan was moved to the bullpen where he found better success.
The 33 year old appeared in 45 games as a reliever and had 36 strikeouts in 43 innings. Moreover, he lowered his batting average against to a more tolerable .215, his ERA to 3.35 and had a 1.16 WHIP; comparatively, those averages during his time as a starter were .291, 5.08 and 1.62.
McGowan has a 25-27 career record with a 4.57 ERA in 158 games (68 starts) during his seven years with the Blue Jays. He will wear Matt Kemp’s old No. 27 jersey and joins Sergio Santos as pitchers who joined the Dodgers from the Blue Jays organization. However, Santos did so on a Minor-League deal.
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