McGowan was hired as a high school baseball coach in the Tallahassee area Thursday, Joey Lamar of WCTV reports.
McGowan hasn't played professional baseball since May of 2018, when he was released by the Marlins, and it would appear that his move to coaching could officially put an end to his playing career. If the 38-year-old is indeed hanging up the cleats, he finishes his career in the majors with 540 strikeouts, 35 wins, a 4.50 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 291 appearances with the Blue Jays, Phillies and Marlins.
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 was released by the Rays on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
McGowan was signed to a minor-league deal and invited to big-league camp by Tampa Bay in February, but will now look to find a new home for the 2018 season. Last year, the right-hander appeared in 63 games for the Marlins, posting a 4.75 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with a 64:27 K:BB in 77.2 innings of relief.
The Rays signed McGowan to a minor-league contract with a non-roster invitation to spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McGowan compiled an 8-2 record with a 4.75 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 64 strikeouts across 77.2 innings as the Marlins' long-relief man in 2017. The 35-year-old is likely to be seeking a similar role with Tampa Bay in 2018, but will need to put together a solid spring training to crack the Opening Day roster.
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 (5-0) earned his fifth win by allowing one run over 1.1 innings and recorded one strikeout in Wednesday's win over St. Louis.
The 35-year-old has been utilized mostly as a long reliever this season, but has a 2.98 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 38 strikeouts across 45.1 innings. McGowan has been fantastic since the start of June, with 14 strikeouts and only four runs allowed over 19.2 innings and a 3-0 record.
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.
McGowan has allowed 10 earned runs across 22.2 innings out of the Marlins' bullpen this season.
The veteran right-hander has given up four runs on nine hits and four walks over 9.2 innings in May, and the Marlins have lost the past six games in which he's appeared. McGowan is largely relegated to mop-up duty at this point, but those opportunities could be plentiful if Miami continues to struggle.
McGowan has allowed four runs and seven hits over 8.2 innings to begin the season.
McGowan posted 6.1 innings of scoreless ball to start the year, then stumbled last Wednesday, surrendering four runs over 2.1 innings at Seattle. In 2016, McGowan tossed 67 innings for the Marlins, giving up 21 earned runs and posting a 1.22 WHIP.
McGowan is looking to throw more changeups to right-handed hitters this season, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
He radically altered his pitch mix last season, throwing more two-seam fastballs than four-seamers and firing his slider a career-high 30.5 percent of the time, but lost in the shuffle was his changeup, which McGowan used a career-low 5.6 percent. The 34-year-old is hoping now that he has an established spot in the Marlins bullpen, he'll be able to work the off-speed offering back into his repertoire, although it'll be hard to improve on the .147/.234/.235 line to which he held same-side hitters in 2016. The righty's role in middle relief still limits his fantasy utility, but McGowan could push his K/9 north of 9.0 if he's able to add another effective pitch to his arsenal.
McGowan signed a one-year contract with the Marlins on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
A non-roster invitee to major league camp last spring, McGowan earned himself a major league contract this offseason on the strength of the a 2.82 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 67 innings for the Marlins. He wasn't a big factor in the late innings, however, racking up just three holds and one save, and it's hard to imagine he'll see a big increase in high-leverage work especially with Miami rumored to be in the market for back-end relievers.
McGowan has allowed five earned runs over 11.1 innings pitched in August.
In that span, McGowan has picked up one loss, a blown save and a hold. The veteran has also seen his ERA rise from 2.83 to 3.08 during that time. Unless McGowan can boost his K rate, he offers little fantasy value.
McGowan tossed a pair of scoreless innings in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies, allowing one hit with two strikeouts.
The veteran reliever holds a solid 3.03 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over 35.2 innings pitched this season. He has not allowed a run over his last five appearances and boasts a strong 33:13 K:BB ratio . The back end of the Marlins' bullpen is fairly set, but the veteran has pitched well enough to take on a larger role if needed.
McGowan pitched a perfect 12th inning while striking out one to notch his first save of the year Friday at the Braves.
After AJ Ramos blew a save opportunity in the ninth inning, McGowan was given a two-run lead in the twelfth inning, and had no problem closing the door on the Braves. The setup man now holds a 3.45 ERA to go along with a 1.02 WHIP on the season.
McGowan fired three scoreless innings in relief during Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts.
The Marlins never had a chance with starter Adam Conley yielding four runs in the bottom of the first inning. McGowan helped to save the rest of the bullpen by breezing through three innings of mop-up work. The veteran reliever has compiled a 2.95 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched for Miami in middle relief.
McGowan took the loss Tuesday against the Twins, allowing a walk-off two run home run in the 11th inning.
McGowan recorded a pair of outs in the 11th while walking a pair of batters before allowing the game-winner. He's been mostly solid for the Marlins this season, posting a 3.63 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 17.1 innings pitched and will continue to hold down middle relief role in the bullpen.
McGowan's contract was selected by the Marlins on Wednesday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
McGowan was DFA'd back in mid-April, but he'll now rejoin the 40-man roster after spending the past few weeks at Triple-A New Orleans. McGowan will take the roster spot vacated by Craig Breslow, who was DFA'd Wednesday afternoon.
McGowan cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports.
McGowan, who didn't allow a run in five of his six appearances for the Marlins this season, will remain with the organization after passing through waivers unclaimed. He'll pitch at Triple-A New Orleans for now, with the goal of earning a callup back to the Marlins later in the year.
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