Jake McGee started the 2015 season on the disabled list, as he continued his recovery from offseason elbow surgery. When he returned in mid-May, the closer's job he occupied the year before was no longer waiting for him, as Brad Boxberger took care of most of the ninth-inning duties. McGee got occasional chances at saves, but for the most part, he served in the setup role, and very effectively at that. His season ended as it began -- on the DL -- as McGee tore his meniscus and had surgery. Now with the Rockies, he could be in the mix for saves in 2016, though the current lack of clarity around his role and health issues put a damper on his value. McGee has the potential to be a solid closer, but on Draft Day, he is best targeted as a low-end No. 2 reliever in standard mixed leagues.
McGee was traded to the Rockies on Thursday in exchange for Corey Dickerson, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports. This is bittersweet, as McGee now has an easier path to saves, but he will have to pitch half his games in Colorado. That said, investing in an elite closer in Colorado is more palatable than using a Rockies starting pitcher, and McGee has the stuff to succeed anywhere. Jason Motte and Chad Qualls were the Rockies' top two options for the ninth inning prior to this deal, but McGee should now be considered the favorite to open the year as the closer, even given his left-handedness. McGee's 32.7% K-rate was 12th best among relievers with 30-plus innings last season, and only five of the names ahead of him are locked into closer jobs this season. He is not a top-10 option at the position, just given team context, but he can be viewed as a solid mid-tier closer in mixed leagues.
McGee agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million deal with the Rays on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. McGee missed the early part of last season to recover from arthroscopic elbow surgery, allowing Brad Boxberger to to lock down the closing role in Tampa Bay. After returning to the mound, McGee suffered a knee injury that shelved him for over a month late in the season. Boxberger will likely start the year as the team's closer, but McGee will be a viable candidate to take over if Boxberger fails to repeat his 2015 form.
Rays reliever Jake McGee (knee) was activated from the 15-day DL prior to Saturday's game. As expected, the Rays activated McGee, but the lefty did not end up appearing in Saturday's game, as a poor outing from Chris Archer took the bullpen off the hook for any high-leverage work. Handed a 6-to-8 week timetable after suffering the knee injury, McGee ended up beating the front end of that estimate. He's turned in a 2.57 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with six saves, 17 holds and four blown saves in 36 appearances so far this season.
Rays reliever Jake McGee (knee) will be activated Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. McGee began a throwing program two weeks ago and now appears set to rejoin the club for their weekend series against the Blue Jays. The lefty has had a very effective year out of the Rays' bullpen, notching a 2.57 ERA with a 48:7 K:BB ratio in 35 innings.
Rays pitcher Jake McGee (knee) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and manager Kevin Cash is optimistic about his reliever returning for Tampa Bay's weekend series against Toronto, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. McGee has made rapid progress since resuming a throwing program on Sept. 11 and is now poised to rejoin the club in the next few days. Cash noted that McGee's velocity was impressive during Wednesday's bullpen session and followed that by saying that McGee "should be able to go for us in the Toronto series. That will be a tremendous addition."