McGowan was released by the Marlins on Thursday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. McGowan signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins in early April after being with Tampa Bay in spring training, but never made an official appearance with the team. The 35-year-old will had a 4.75 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 64 strikeouts over 77.2 innings for Miami last season and will hope to continue his career elsewhere.
The Marlins signed McGowan to a minor-league contract Friday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. McGowan spent spring training with the Rays on a minor-league deal prior to being released in early March. The 36-year-old posted a 4.75 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 64 strikeouts over 77.2 innings (63 appearances) as a long-relief man for the Marlins in 2017. The right-hander would likely serve a similar role if he joins the big-league roster this season, but for now he will report to Triple-A New Orleans after putting in some work at extended spring training.
McGowan allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one batter across one scoreless inning Monday against the Mets. McGowan holds a 9.88 ERA and 1.83 WHIP over his last 11 appearances. After posting a stellar 2.82 ERA last season, the 35-year-old right-hander has taken a step back this year, although he did enjoy a strong first half. He's a free agent again this winter.
McGowan has an ERA of 2.84 with a 31:14 K:BB in 38 innings this season. It's the 35-year-old's second season in Miami, and this one is starting to shape up extremely similar to the first one. Last season, McGowan had an ERA of 2.82 with a WHIP of 1.22 in 67 innings, and is posting just a slightly worse ERA with a WHIP of 1.16 this year. Despite the consistency, the veteran reliever hasn't faced many batters in stressful situations, limiting his fantasy potential in even the deepest leagues.
McGowan allowed only two hits, including a solo home run, while striking out three over three innings of relief to pick up the win in Tuesday's victory over the Phillies. He came into the game after Justin Nicolino injured his finger on a bunt in the bottom of the third inning and, a mistake by Howie Kendrick aside, McGowan looked sharp in earning his second win of the season. The right-hander has been solid in long relief on a staff whose starters rarely go deep, and he now has a 3.86 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 24:11 K:BB in 25.2 innings. If the Marlins' offense continues its recent improvement, McGowan could vulture a handful of additional wins over the rest of the season.
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