Ned Colletti is at it again -- and we shouldn't be surprised.
This time, he signed veteran reliever Mike MacDougal to a 1-year, $650,000 contract, reports Dodgers.com's Ken Gurnick.
The deal also includes a laughable $2.35 million option for 2013 or a $350,000 buyout.
So, MacDougal gets $1 million guaranteed, eh? Colletti cannot be gone soon enough.
While MacDougal's ERA was (somehow) sparkling (2.05), his peripherals were not. His 1.46 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, 6.5 K/9 and 1.41 K/BB don't exactly scream guaranteed contract from a medicore -- at best -- reliever.
MacDougal was brought in last season on a minor-league contract. That was fine. He performed much better than anyone expected. But what team exactly was Colletti bidding against? No one else expressed interest in the reliever, but Colletti felt so compelled to give him a million bucks as opposed to another minor-league deal? Sometimes I just don't understand life.
And this move basically assures Nathan Eovaldi will begin the season in the minors, presumably with the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Despite my desire to keep Eovaldi a starter as long as possible, I'm inclined to believe Eovaldi could be just as good (bad?) as MacDougal while earning the rookie minimum.
This is just another in the long line of misallocation of the limited resources the Dodgers have right now. So, I guess I shouldn't really be surprised.
It's going to be funny when MacDougal throws 30 innings with a 5.52 ERA.
An item I missed yesterday: Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus tweeted the Dodgers have signed former White Sox' and Royals' third baseman Josh Fields to a minor-league deal.
Well, at least the Isotopes found their starting third baseman.
Fields was a top prospect a few years ago and last played in the Majors in 2010 with the Royals. As a 24-year-old in 2007, Fields clubbed 23 home runs for the ChiSox and was primed to break out. Unfortunately for him, he never did. He hit just 10 home runs in the next three seasons (320 ABs) and spent most of his time in the minors.
He has a career .835 OPS in the minors, but he's nothing more than a fringy Four-A player.
Having said that, I could see him in L.A. this season if the Dodgers suffer enough injuries.