The Dodgers 2020 World Series roster has experienced some drastic turnover. Heading into the 2021 season, they’ve already lost big names like Joc Pederson, Enrique Hernandez, and Pedro Baez to free agency. They could also potentially be facing a scenario where they lose out of veteran Justin Turner depending on how things go.
On Tuesday, we learned that the Dodgers would be losing another bullpen piece from their 2020 run. Jake McGee proved to be a great last-minute addition for their World Series hopes, but he will not be part of the picture for 2021.
The Dodgers southpaw is joining Alex Wood up north as he signs a deal with the Giants. McGee agreed to a 2-year deal with San Francisco this week worth $7 million. The deal was first reported by MLB Insider Robert Murray.
McGee joined the Dodgers in July of 2020 after being cut by the Rockies. The veteran southpaw inked the deal on July 20th and drove out to Dodger Stadium to debut just 4 days later. Los Angeles used him in an incredibly efficient role, tossing a combined 20.1 innings and being charged with 6 earned runs.
In the postseason, McGee was used in a very limited fashion. The Dodgers utilized his talents on a matchup bassis, allowing him to total just 2.2 innings. He was charged with 1 earned run and struck out 4 across those 4 appearances.
One of the ways that the Dodgers were able to improve McGee was by pitch mix. McGee used his fastball 80 percent of the time in 2019. Los Angeles had him use it over 96 percent of the time in 2021. That subtle adjustment had a huge result looking at the year-to-year numbers. Luckily, the Dodgers hit fastballs very well. Best of luck up north, Jake!
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