Long County native Dustin McGowan signed a one-year contract on Dec. 13 with the Toronto Blue Jays, ending speculation about whether the right-handed pitcher would return to Toronto for the 2010 season.
By signing McGowan, 27, the Blue Jays avoided possible arbitration talks.
According to a report released by the team last Sunday, McGowan’s one-year deal is worth $500,000.McGowan was out all last year and part of the 2008 season after having surgery on his right shoulder. It’s still unknown when he will return to the mound.
According to another statement released by the Blue Jays late last month, the fast-ball specialist likely won’t be ready on opening day. However, the same report said he will report to spring training, which starts in March in Dunedin, Fla.
McGowan wasn’t available for comment, but his wife, Jilly McGowan, said "he was feeling well and looking forward to the 2010 season."
McGowan was drafted by Toronto in 2000 and had his best year with the club in 2007, compiling a 12-10 record and striking out 144 batters.