Dodgers release McGowan, owe former players $43.8M

Apr 1, 2015 8:03 PM by Ross Field

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Right-hander Dustin McGowan has been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are now paying $43.8 million for 2015 to cover the costs of players no longer with the team.

McGowan will receive $124,795 in termination pay because of Wednesday's decision rather than his $507,500 salary, the big league minimum. He would have earned a $1 million bonus for one day of major league service.

McGowan, 32, was 5-3 with a 4.17 ERA in eight starts and 43 relief appearances for Toronto last year.

Los Angeles owes Brian Wilson $10 million for this year after releasing the reliever in December, and the Dodgers are responsible for pitcher Chad Billinglsley's $3 million option buyout: half was due by this March 1 and the rest by next March 1. Billingsley later signed with Philadelphia.

The Dodgers are paying San Diego $18 million this year as part of December's trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to the Padres, and $12,684,250 to Miami this season as part of the December swap that sent pitcher Dan Haren and infielders Dee Gordon and Miguel Rojas to the Marlins.

Los Angeles also is receiving some seven-figure money this season from trades for players it acquired: $1 million from Philadelphia as part of the Jimmy Rollins deal and $3.9 million this year from Boston in the 2012 swap for Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez,

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