The Dodgers will never stop looking to add to their bullpen depth, regardless of how short the season is. The added to that depth today by picking up veteran left-handed reliever Jake McGee.
McGee was released by the Colorado Rockies earlier this week after spending the last four seasons there. hIS 2019 campaign was marred by a few injuries as well as having to play at Coors Field. The Dodgers scooped him up just four days after he went onto the market.
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McGee represents an intriguing low-risk option for the Dodgers in 2020. Over his career, he has been incredibly effective against right-handed hitting, even as a left-handed pitcher. In comparison, he would likely represent a significant upgrade over Adam Kolarek with the new three-batter minimum rule. Dave Roberts already noted that Kolarek would need to learn how to get right-handers out if he wanted to make the roster.
To make room in the 40-man roster for McGee, the Dodgers have also moved pitcher Jimmy Nelson to the 45-day injured list. Nelson will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his back a few weeks ago. The deal for McGee is reported to be a one-year deal to run through 2020.