The Philadelphia Phillies have reached an agreement with right-handed pitcher Dustin McGowan on a one-year, major-league deal, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
To begin the season, the 33-year-old right-hander will pitch out of the Phillies’ bullpen, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. With the recent signing of McGowan, Philadelphia’s bullpen is all but finalized. Their bullpen will be made up of Justin De Fratus, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, Jeanmar Gomez, Cesar Jimenez and McGowan.
Zolecki notes that the Phillies may want to pitch with those eight relievers until the fifth spot comes up in the starting rotation on April 12th. When that happens, McGowan may be slotted into that fifth spot in the starting rotation.
Before the Los Angeles Dodgers released him earlier this week, McGowan pitched to a 6.75 ERA over seven appearances for the ball club. If he was not cut and had made the big league team out of spring training, he would of been due a salary of $1 million over the 2015 season.
In 82 innings pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, McGowan recorded a 5-3 record, along with posting a 4.17 ERA. In 158 career appearances for the Blue Jays, 68 of which were starts, he had a 25-27 record, along with a 4.57 ERA.