Dodgers sign Dustin McGowan

The Los Angeles Dodgers have shown that they aren’t afraid to take a risk on pitchers with injury histories with the hopes of getting a high return. Now you can add Dustin McGowan to the list of names the team is taking a chance on.

The Dodgers signed McGowan to a one-year contract for the league minimum ($507,500). He can earn an extra $1 million if he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training.

“He’s another guy who has high upside as a reliever, still has power stuff and is a competitive guy,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “He creates more competition in our camp and just gives us another option.”

McGowan spent last season with the Toronto Blue Jays, going 5-3 with a 4.17 ERA. He pitched 82 innings primarily out of the bullpen, but did make eight starts. Overall he appeared in 53 games for Toronto.

His injury history is significant however, and includes Tommy John surgery as well as three shoulder operations.

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