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Dustin McGowan | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/24/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Dodgers signed RHP Dustin McGowan to a one-year, $507,500 contract.
The deal carries close to $2.5 million in performance bonuses. McGowan has logged only 128 2/3 innings at the major league level over the last six seasons due to health issues, but he avoided the disabled list in 2014 and posted a decent 4.17 ERA and 61/33 K/BB ratio across eight starts and 45 relief appearances for the Blue Jays. McGowan will function as a long reliever with Los Angeles. Feb 23 - 9:50 AM

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Date:'s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers are expected to sign Dustin McGowan.

The team has not announced the signing yet, but McGowan was spotted at the Dodgers' spring training facility. It's not clear at this point if it's a major or minor league contract. McGowan's health issues are well documented, but he managed to stay mostly healthy last season while posting a 4.17 ERA and 61/33 K/BB ratio over 82 innings for the Blue Jays.
Feb 22 - 2:43 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in free-agent reliever Dustin McGowan.

They are one of several teams in the mix. McGowan has had all sorts of injury issues in his career, but he managed to stay mostly healthy last season while posting a 4.17 ERA and 61/33 K/BB ratio in 82 innings across eight starts and 45 relief appearances. He turns 33 in March.
Feb 11 - 8:53 AM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins are interested in Dustin McGowan.

McGowan has had a host of shoulder issues during his career but has always been an intriguing guy when healthy. The 32-year-old put up a 3.76 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 107 2/3 frames for the Blue Jays over the last two seasons.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 10:55:00 AM

Blue Jays declined RHP Dustin McGowan's $4 million option for 2015.

They'll instead pay the veteran right-hander a buyout of $500,000. The 32-year-old has battled countless injuries over the years, and has only logged a total of 128 2/3 innings at the big league level since the 2008 season. He's still plenty talented and should generate interest on the free agent market, but the injury concern here remains very real.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 02:30:00 PM

Dustin McGowan recorded five outs for his first career save Friday against the Orioles.

McGowan entered the game with two on and one out in the eighth inning and got Chris Davis to strike out swinging and Nelson Cruz to ground out to end the threat. He worked around a single from Manny Machado in the ninth inning to lock down the victory. McGowan has allowed just one run in 13 1/3 innings since being moved to the bullpen in mid-May.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 10:31:00 PM

The Blue Jays are moving Dustin McGowan to the bullpen.

McGowan gets the boot after allowing four runs over four innings of work on Wednesday night against the Indians. On the bright side, the 32-year-old is healthy for once, but he owns a 5.08 ERA and 25/17 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. He could be more effective in shorter bursts out of the bullpen. No official word yet on his replacement, but top prospect Marcus Stroman is the most likely option.
Thu, May 15, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Dustin McGowan fell to 2-2 following Wednesday's start against the Indians, allowing four runs over four innings of work.

McGowan allowed nine hits, walked two, and struck out three in the effort. He has been unreliable in the rotation, now sitting with a 5.08 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. The Jays' bullpen didn't help matters, allowing 11 runs in the five innings after he exited the game. Prospect Marcus Stroman, hoping a spot opens up in the rotation, allowed five of those runs, which may give McGowan a tiny amount of extra breathing room. If McGowan gets another crack at it, he'll face the Red Sox on the road next.
Wed, May 14, 2014 11:05:00 PM

Dustin McGowan pitched five innings and allowed two runs Friday against the Angels.

McGowan was decent, but the Blue Jays are just postponing the inevitable by keeping him in the rotation and putting Marcus Stroman in the bullpen. Those two should switch roles before long.
Fri, May 9, 2014 11:11:00 PM

Dustin McGowan tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the Blue Jays' win over the Pirates on Sunday.

McGowan has been pitching for his job over his last two starts and has performed admirably under the circumstances, allowing three earned runs in 13 innings. Marcus Stroman is up in the majors now and will be breathing down McGowan's neck for a crack at a rotation spot.
Sun, May 4, 2014 04:35:00 PM

Dustin McGowan will make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Pirates.

McGowan has been inconsistent so far this season, but he allowed just two runs over six innings last time out against the Orioles, so the Blue Jays aren't ready to pull the plug just yet. Still, top prospect Marcus Stroman has been lined up to start on the same day as him in Triple-A and it's likely just a matter of time before he takes his place in the rotation.
Thu, May 1, 2014 05:36:00 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Dustin McGowan will make his next scheduled start.

McGowan gave up six runs in four-plus innings Wednesday against the Orioles and now holds a 6.88 ERA through four starts. The oft-injured 31-year-old has admitted that he's dealing with a bit of fatigue, so he might not be long for the rotation if he continues to struggle. On a related note, Gibbons has considered the possibility of using a sixth starter to give the rotation some extra rest.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 04:41:00 PM

Dustin McGowan was tagged for six runs in four-plus innings by the Orioles on Wednesday.

McGowan says he's healthy, but he talked after the game about hitting a wall after 60-65 pitches. If it continues, the Jays might figure they're better off with him in the bullpen. He's currently carrying a 6.88 ERA through four starts.
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 11:32:00 PM

Dustin McGowan yielded three runs in four innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Twins.

McGowan walked four tonight. He was terrific against the Orioles last week, but he's been ineffective in his other two starts to date. Given the likelihood of an injury down the line, he doesn't have much value in AL-only leagues.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:26:00 PM

Dustin McGowan tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in a 2-0 win over the Orioles on Friday night.

The win was his first in the majors since June 22, 2008. McGowan held the Orioles to just five hits (four of them singles) and one walk while hitting two batters. He notched two strikeouts. Who knows how long he'll hold up, but he's a really easy story to root for.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 09:48:00 PM

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C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Justin Turner
3Alex Guerrero
4Enrique Hernandez
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Darwin Barney
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Chris Heisey
3Scott Van Slyke
4Scott Schebler
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
3Kyle Jensen
4Matt Carson
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Brandon McCarthy
5Brett Anderson
6Juan Nicasio
7Erik Bedard
8Chris Anderson
9Brandon Beachy
Relief Pitcher
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Brandon League
5Chris Hatcher
6Dustin McGowan
7Pedro Baez
8Paco Rodriguez
9Yimi Garcia
10Sergio Santos
11Chris Withrow
12Mike Adams
13Chad Gaudin
14David Huff