It is being reported that Jake McGee is re-signing with the Colorado Rockies. McGee will be returning to a club where he has pitched each of the past two seasons with a 4.11 ERA out of the bullpen. Details of the deal were not initially announced.
Jake McGee has a deal to return to the #Rockies pending a physical
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 13, 2017
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 13, 2017
Report: Jake McGee Signs with Colorado Rockies
McGee’s Career Profile
Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now the Tampa Bay Rays) in the fifth round with the 135th overall pick of the 2004 June Amateur Draft, McGee would have to wait six years before his MLB debut. In his first appearance, he would strike out Derek Jeter for his first strikeout ever in a game against the New York Yankees on September 14th, 2010. He would only play eight games in Tampa Bay that season. Up until the 2014 season, McGee would be just another reliever. During the 2014 season, McGee would be named the closer. In his six years with the Rays, McGee would pitch a 2.77 ERA with 319 strikeouts and 26 saves in 259.2 innings pitched.
During the 2016 off-season, McGee would be traded, along with pitcher German Marquez, to the Colorado Rockies. In exchange, the Rays acquired left fielder Corey Dickerson and third baseman Kevin Padlo. McGee would play two years in Colorado, totaling a 4.11 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 18 saves in 103 innings pitched. In his total career so far, McGee has a 3.15 ERA with 415 strikeouts and 44 saves in 362.2 innings pitched. Also in his career, McGee was represented the United States at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, winning gold at the event. McGee would play in only two games in the tournament, but would still be effective. In just one total inning pitched in those games, he recorded two strikeouts.
The Impact Of The Signing
For the Rockies, they gain a pitcher who, despite struggling these past couple years, is still very ready to come in and close out a game. With a save ratio of 44 saves to 21 blown saves, McGee can still get the job done. For the Rockies, they lose a pitcher who only missed seven save opportunities in his time with the team. Now, McGee will look to continue this streak with Colorado, and they hope he can stay hot too.
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