Dodgers Sign Former Royals Closer

The Dodgers, still stockpiling relief pitchers at an alarming rates, signed right-handed reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract Friday, with an invitation to spring camp, which has been his modus operandi for the past three offseasons.

Of course, he isn't the lefthander they have been searching for, but there is still time to find one of those, too.

MacDougal, who turns 34 in March, had a 7.23 ERA in 17 games with the Cardinals, but spent much of the year in the minors.

He throws hard, but sometimes struggles with his control so he should fit in nicely among the other prospects who have the same problems. However, just two years ago, he appeared in 52 games for the Nationals and saved 20 games.

And in 2003 MacDougal was an All-Star for the Kansas City Royals, saving 27 games. He will be a long-shot to make the team out of camp but he is possible insurance for later on.