McDougall Accepts Deal With Padres

Most minor league free agents wind up being one-year rent-a-players. That's the case with third baseman Marshall McDougall, who came in via that route and who has now departed the same way having signed with the San Diego Padres for 2008.

McDougall, who played 18 games in the big leagues for the Texas Rangers in 2005, started the year with Jacksonville where he batted .263 with 11 home runs and 47 runs bated in. Promoted at mid-season to Las Vegas, he compiled a .304 average there, matching his 11 homers while driving in 48.

He caught the eye of Padres scouts while playing in the Mexican Pacific League where he's currently hitting .300.

McDougall, the former Florida State star, will be 29 years old on Dec. 19.