I live in the KC area and listen to sports radio whenever in the car. Tuesday of this week, they interviewed Curtis Leskanic and the reporter said Manager Tony Pena has announced plans for Leskanic to be the closer to start the season. This was news to me. The sports guys were a little confused too. Leskanic also seemed a little miffed with that decision. He said in the interview that he was sure Mac would end up being the closer for the team, but he (Leskanic) would do anything asked of him to help the team win.
If Pena is not planning on McDougal being his closer, Mac must have done something to make Tony mad. It's a bit of a shock to all of us in this area who were thinking the closer situation was a done deal.
Point is, I wouldn't spend a bunch of money on MacDougal right now until they have used him in a couple of ST games. If he ends up in a Brad Lidge roll, he doesn't have much value. I haven't even thrown Jeremy Affeldt into the mix yet. IMO, You may want to wait a couple of weeks into ST to see who begins to emerge as the "go to" guy for some of these teams. Who knows, there may be another "Rod Beck story" out there waiting to happen.