Pirates focused on reliever Mike MacDougal


By John Perrotto The Pirates and Nationals might wind up switching closers in a roundabout way. Matt Capps, who was not tendered a contract by the Pirates by the Dec. 12 deadline and became a free agent, has narrowed his choices to signing with either the Cubs or the Nationals. Meanwhile, Mike MacDougal, who was non-tendered by the Nationals, is drawing interest from the Pirates. Capps converted 27 of 31 saves last season but had a 5.80 ERA in 54 1/3 innings. MacDougal, 32, was 20-for-21 in save opportunities with a 4.31 ERA in 54 1/3 innings with the Nationals after he was released by the White Sox early in the season. MacDougal has had an up-and-down career that has spanned nine seasons with the Royals (2001-06), White Sox (2006-09) and Nationals (2009). He is 14-21 with 70 saves in 89 opportunities and a 4.09 ERA in 314 games, threeRead More »