Posted: Monday July 24, 2006 4:22PM; Updated: Monday July 24, 2006 5:06PM
Mike MacDougal heads to Chicago, where the White Sox hope he can help a bullpen with a 4.35 ERA, the fifth-worst in the AL.
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By Jon Heyman, SI.com
The White Sox acquired pitching help on Monday, trading a pair of minor leaguers for Kansas City closer Mike MacDougal.
MacDougal, a former All-Star who was activated earlier this month after missing most of the season with a shoulder injury, saved 21 games in 2005 and 27 games in '03. He spent most of 2004 in the minor leagues after suffering through a stomach virus in April of that year. MacDougal has thrown only four innings for Kansas City this season, with one save and no runs allowed.
The White Sox gave up two young pitchers in the deal. Left-hander Tyler Lumsden is 9-4 with a 2.69 ERA at Class AA Birmingham and right-hander Dan Cortes is 3-9 with a 4.01 ERA for Class A Kannapolis.
Baseball America ranked Lumsden, a supplemental first-round pick out of Clemson in 2004, as Chicago's 18th-best prospect in its preseason publication and had Cortes at No. 22. Cortes was a seventh-round pick out of Pomona (HS), Calif., in 2005.