Looking to add some minor league depth, the Washington Nationals have elected to bring back a familiar face Sunday afternoon, signing right-hander Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract. He’s been assigned to Triple-A Syracuse.
The 35 year old has endured a tough season in 2012. He resigned with the Dodgers over the winter on a one year deal worth $1 Million. After struggling to a 7.94 ERA over his first seven appearances the team released him in May. The Chicago Cubs brought him aboard just a few days later and MacDougal didn’t fare much better. Over 19 appearances with Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate he pitched to a 7.85 ERA, ultimately getting released again in early July.
Some Nationals fans will remember MacDougal considering he played for the team for the latter half of the 2009 season. MacDougal had been released by the Chicago White Sox at the end of April that year before joining the Nationals as a free agent a few days later. He made 52 appearances for Washington that year, posting a 1-1 record and 3.60 ERA over 50.0 innings of work.