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MacDougal becomes free agent

Right-hander Mike MacDougal is now a free agent after opting out of his Minor League contract with the Nationals on Thursday.

As a setup man, MacDougal put up respectable numbers for Triple-A Syracuse, going 2-0 with  3.29 ERA and one save. However, the Nats didn’t have any room for him in the Major Leagues because the current relief corps is productive. Entering Thursday’s action against the Mets, Washington relievers have a combined 24 with a 3.49 ERA 

Last season, MacDougal was Washington’s closer, saving 20 games with a 3.60 ERA. He was arbitration eligible after the season, but was non-tendered in December because the team wasn’t sure if he would recover from offseason hip surgery.

MacDougal, 33, then signed with the Marlins and gave up five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings during Spring Training before he was unconditionally released by the club. Less than a week later, MacDougal signed with the Nationals.

With Washington, MacDougal had a deal in his contract that allowed him to become a free agent if he wasn’t promoted to the big leagues by Thursday.

MacDougal arrives at Space Coast Stadium

A day after agreeing to terms on a Minor League deal with the Nationals, right-hander Mike MacDougal arrived at Space Coast Stadium early Thursday afternoon and was greeted warmly by first baseman Adam Dunn, left-hander Ross Detwiler and clubhouse manager Mike Wallace. 

Last season, MacDougal was Washington’s closer, saving 20 games with a 3.60 ERA. He was arbitration eligible after the season, but was non-tendered in December because the team wasn’t sure if he would recover from offseason hip surgery. 

MacDougal said he is healthy, but must find a way to fix his mechanics. He gave up five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings this spring before he was unconditionally released by the Marlins on Tuesday.

“I have thrown a few times this spring and I haven’t felt [any pain].” MacDougal said  “I feel like I’m getting back into the flow of throwing. I want to throw as much as possible.

“I have a little bit of [a command problem] this spring. The ball is down and it’s sinking good. My arm is healthy and my legs are healthy. I think I need innings. I just need to pitch.”

Nats will not tender contracts to Olsen, MacDougal [updated]

The Nationals decided on Saturday that they will not be tendering 2010 contracts to pitchers Mike MacDougal and Scott Olsen, who were eligible for arbitration.

Both players are coming off injuries. Olsen missed most of the season because of a small tear in his left labrum, going 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA in 11 games, while MacDougal, who ended the season as the Nationals’ closer, saved 20 games with a 3.60 ERA but needed offseason surgery on his right hip.

General manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals were not willing to tender contracts to MacDougal and Olsen because they weren’t sure if they were going to be 100 percent healthy. Rizzo also did not rule out both players returning to the team. 

“These are very difficult decisions because these are guys that we really, really like,” Rizzo said. “They were great teammates this past season. These are business decisions. We have to do what is best for the franchise.

“With Scotty having the arm surgery at the end of the season, we are not sure where he is physically. We couldn’t take a chance offering him a contract and going to arbitration with him.

“Mike was the same type of situation. He did a nice job for us. He is a guy we really counted on this year. He performed well for us. With the little bit of inconsistency toward the end of the season and then the hip surgery, it was too big of a risk for us.”

Olsen, who made $2.8 million in 2009, said he was not surprised that he was non-tendered. He said the shoulder is 100 percent and hopes to return  to the Nationals because he feels the team is going in the right direction under Rizzo and manager Jim Riggleman.

“It’s not an unexpected move by the organization. We have to see how this plays out,” Olsen said. “I don’t have any plans to go anywhere else since I got traded over there. I think Washington  is a great place to play. I would love to go back there.”

MacDougal expressed disappointment that he was non-tendered, in part,  because of his hip injury. He said that the hip is 100 percent and he will start working out at the end of this month.

“I’m disappointed,” MacDougal said. “I enjoyed playing there. I thought I did a good job, so yeah, it’s a little disappointing. What can you do? I’m a free agent and go from there.”

MacDougal’s agent, Rex Gary, said that Rizzo never told him that the hip played a role in MacDougal getting non-tendered.

“Michael was at the doctor and had a great report and everything is fantastic,” Gary said.  “The hip was never brought up as an issue and it really isn’t an issue.”

The Nationals have until midnight Saturday to tender a contract to outfielder Josh Willingham, catchers Jesus Flores and Wil Nieves and pitchers Jason Bergmann and Sean Burnett.

Nationals will not tender contracts to Olsen, MacDougal

The Nationals decided on Saturday that they will not be tendering 2010 contracts to pitchers Mike MacDougal and Scott Olsen, who were eligible for arbitration. 

Both players are coming off injuries. Olsen missed most of the season because of a small tear in his left labrum. He went 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA in 11 games.

MacDougal ended the season as the Nationals closer, saving 20 games with a 3.60 ERA, but needed offseason surgery on his right hip.

The Nationals have until midnight Saturday to tender contracts to outfielder Josh Willingham, catchers Jesus Flores and Wil Nieves and pitchers Jason Bergmann and Sean Burnett.  
                

Roy Clark joining Nationals; MacDougal has surgery

I just received a call from Braves reporter Mark Bowman of MLB.com. He has confirmed that that Roy Clark is leaving the Braves as their scouting director and joining the Nationals as a assistant general manager.

Clark will help general manager Mike Rizzo and assistant scouting director Kris Kline with the 2010 First Year Player Draft. The Nationals did not confirm the hiring of Clark.

In other news, closer Mike MacDougal had arthroscopic surgery on his right hip on Tuesday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colorado. MacDougal should begin a throwing program in six to eight weeks and should be fully recovered by Spring Training.

MacDougal had problems with the hip since late August, but pitched until the end of the season. In 52 games for the Nationals, MacDougal saved 20 games and had a 3.60 ERA.

MacDougal is Nationals closer

The Nationals decided on Saturday afternoon to make right-hander Mike MacDougal their closer and slot right-hander Joel Hanrahan in the middle relief role.

It marks the second time this season that Hanrahan has lost the ninth-inning role. The first occurred on April 28, a day after giving up the game-winning grand slam to Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez.

Hanrahan would get the role back in mid-May, but the inconsistency remained. In fact, he had given up six runs in his last three innings.

Manager Manny Acta was often frustrated with Hanrahan because Hanrahan relied too much on his slider instead of his 95 miles-per-hour fastball. Some in the organization believe that Hanrahan doesn’t have enough movement on his fastball to get people out on a consistent basis. It appears unlikely that he will get his job back.

As for MacDougal,  he will become a closer for the first time since the 2005 season when he was a member of the Royals.

The Nationals love MacDougal’s 98 miles-per-hour fastball and were pleased with the way he handled Mets pinch-hitter Gary Sheffield in the seventh inning on Friday. MacDougal threw nothing but his four-seam fastball and struck out Sheffield on three pitches.

MacDougal leaves Syracuse

Right-hander Mike MacDougal has decided to leave Triple-A Syracuse. He had an out clause in his Minor League contract that allowed him to leave the team.

However, the Nationals have until Wednesday to put him on the 25-man roster. If they don’t, MacDougal will become a free agent.  

MacDougal pitched in seven games and gave up one run in 7 1/3 innings for Syracuse.

I hope to get more information before game time.   

 

MacDougal set to make decision

The Nationals must make a decision on right-hander Mike MacDougal, who is currently pitching for Triple-A Syracuse. They could bring him up to the big leagues as early as Tuesday or let him become a free agent.

In fact, MacDougal has an out clause that could make him a free agent after Monday’s game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. There is a possibility MacDougal could stay with Syracuse.

I saw acting general manager Mike Rizzo before the game and he told me MacDougal has not made a decision. Entering Monday’s action, MacDougal has given up one run in 6 1/3 innings for Syracuse.     

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