Dodgers fans might remember the emergence of Jake McGee out of the bullpen in 2020. Once a struggling hurler in Colorado, McGee came over and completely revamped himself. He finished up with 24 appearances in the shortened year and was essential to their World Series Championship run.
McGee used that success and leveraged it into a free agent contract. The Giants stole him away from the Dodgers on a deal that paid a guaranteed $5 million across 2 years. But he will not get the chance to finish out that deal.
The Giants announced today that they had placed McGee on unconditional release waivers. That means that all 29 teams must have the opportunity to claim McGee before he is officially released from the team. The Dodgers would have their chance to claim him should they see a need.
The #SFGiants made the following roster moves prior to today’s game:
• LHP Jake McGee placed on unconditional release waivers.
• The Giants have claimed LHP Aaron Fletcher off waivers from the Pirates. Fletcher has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 14, 2022
If there’s one thing we know about Andrew Friedman, it’s that he will always take a look at pitchers available. The Dodgers always need arms and they have familiarity with McGee. Unfortunately, his success has not been there in 2022. McGee has posted a 7.17 ERA across 21.1 innings of work.
McGee was also the guy that helped convince Yency Almonte to come over to the Dodgers. And they owe him a lot for that, given how effective Yency has been in the bullpen.
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