Dodgers ink Miles, set to cut loose MacDougal

Dodgers ink Miles, set to cut loose MacDougal

Dodgers ink Miles, set to cut loose MacDougal
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have signed free-agent infielder Aaron Miles and asked for unconditional release waivers on right-handed reliever Mike MacDougal, who was designated for assignment last Thursday when Ronald Belisario was activated.

Miles, who had one of his best years last season for the Dodgers after making the club on a Minor League contract, apparently priced himself out of the free-agent market over the winter and went unsigned. The Dodgers instead turned to utility man Jerry Hairston, who went on the disabled list on Friday.

The 35-year-old Miles reported to the club's Arizona training base at Camelback Ranch-Glendale for extended spring training.

MacDougal will be granted his release on Sunday if he is not claimed off waivers. MacDougal rejected a Minor League assignment.

MacDougal, 35, was signed to a one-year deal for $1 million, with a 2013 option, after being one of the most pleasant $500,000 surprises last year.

After battling through injuries and a Minor League demotion by the Cardinals in 2010, the former closer with Kansas City and Washington filled a key middle-relief role for the Dodgers, with 69 appearances and a 2.05 ERA (1.78 against division opponents). He had two 11-game scoreless streaks and limited hitters to a .157 average with runners in scoring position.

But he struggled this spring, giving up eight walks and posting a 7.88 ERA in eight innings. He was bothered at times by a finger problem, and had a 7.94 ERA this season with six walks in 5 2/3 innings. After being stricken with the flu in April and losing weight, he temporarily lost velocity.