The White Sox completed a trade for a former all-star on Monday, but it wasn’t the deal for Alfonso Soriano so hotly rumored earlier in the afternoon. Instead, Chicago added Mike MacDougal from the Royals at the cost of minor league pitchers Tyler Lumsden and Daniel Cortes.
MacDougal, 28, spent the first 3½ months of the season on the disabled list with a strain in his upper right arm. Since returning, he has pitched four scoreless innings over four appearances. He was an all-star in 2003, when he saved 24 games before the break, but he has just 26 saves since then. MacDougal is all about power on the mound. He pitches at 92-96 mph and can touch 100 when he’s at his best, and he also has a hard slider. But he sometimes overthrows, costing him command and consistency. He makes just $430,000 this season but will be eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season. In 162 career games, MacDougal has a 10-14, 3.88 record with 50 saves in 64 tries.
Lumsden, a 23-year-old lefthander, was a supplemental first-round pick out of Clemson in 2004. His career took a detour last year when he missed the season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow, but he has come back strong in 2006. In 20 starts at Double-A Birmingham, he has gone 9-4, 2.69. He has a 72-40 K-BB ratio in 124 innings, while opponents have hit .252 with nine homers. His secondary numbers aren’t dominating, but he has very good stuff for a lefthander, with a low-90s fastball and a power curveball. Lumsden has the potential to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter and becomes arguably the best pitching prospect in the depleted Royals system.
Cortes, a 19-year-old righty, was a 2005 seventh-round pick out of a California high school. White Sox officials have compared him to Jon Garland because of his size (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) and stuff (an 88-91 mph fastball that peaks at 94, to go with a promising curveball). In 20 games (19 starts) at low Class A Kannapolis this year, Cortes has gone 3-9, 4.01. In 108 innings, he has a 96-38 K-BB ratio, .260 opponent average and six homers allowed.