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Dodgers: LHP Jake McGee Agrees to a Deal with the San Francisco Giants

Another Dodgers southpaw heads to the Giants.



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

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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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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Turnover yes, drastic hardly. We had more “drastic” turnover last year when we lost two members of the rotation who went on to be Cy Young candidates. Thus far this year we have lost people who where important for the last several years but not crucial to the Dodgers moving forward. If Pederson, Baez, Hernandez, et al are “drastic” what would Turner leaving be? Catastrophic? Of course not. Painful, yes. But if you ratchet up the importance level of these players, you quickly run of out room on the hyperbole scale.Save it for next year. If both Seager and Kershaw go elsewhere, that would be “drastic.”

  2. He is good, but not a fantastic reliever.

    We have Gonsolin/May/Urías (2 of them), Treinen, Graterol, González, Kelly, Knebel, Jansen, Floro, Alexander, Ferguson, Kolarek and Morrow. And I think that Dennis Santana can help this season.

    So we have a good number of relievers. If they are not enough, we may need to find a trade for 1 reliever.

    I think we are in a good spot here.

  3. Still, McGee was good last year and only signed for $3.5 mil per year! And, he’s a lefty which is getting rare around here…

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