Pirates efforts on Nationals closer Mike MacDougal?
In the market for two relievers, the Pirates are in strong pursuit of Washington Nationals reliever Mike MacDougal.
MacDougal, 32, led the National League in save percentage (20-of-21, 95.2%) after taking over the closer role for the Nationals in mid-season. MacDougal also had a ground-ball-fly-ball ratio of 1.80, which according to STATS.com, ranks first among all free-agent relievers.
Talks between MacDougal and the Pirates have been on-going. The two sides have exchanged numbers with the Pirates offering a 1 year deal in the $2.25 – $2.5 million range.
Pittsburgh is believed to be open to a two year deal and a source says it’s going to take a two-year offer from Pittsburgh to land MacDougal.
However, Pittsburgh is intriguing to MacDougal because they can offer a closer role.
MacDougal is also drawing interest from 5-6 other teams, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.