Five Offseason Moves The Blue Jays Should Make
By Jason Lee
3. Sign Jake McGee
While the Blue Jays have very strong right-handed bullpen options in Roberto Osuna, Ryan Tepera, Dominic Leone, and Carlos Ramirez, they still need to sign a left-handed relief ace. This is particularly important in the AL East where it is pivotal to shut down potent left-handed bats such as Chris Davis, Andrew Benintendi, and Brett Gardner late in games.
Too often, Blue Jays fans saw the likes of Aaron Loup, Matt Dermody, and J.P. Howell blow leads late in games because they weren’t able to do their job. Signing Jake McGee this off season would solve that problem.
In 2017, McGee pitched for the Colorado Rockies and posted strong numbers in a very hitter-friendly Coors Field. In 57.1 innings of work, McGee pitched to a 3.61 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. McGee’s peripheral numbers painted an even rosier picture as he had a FIP of 2.93 that was accompanied with a SO/9 of 9.1 and a HR/9 of just 0.63.
Furthermore, McGee brings more merit because he already has experience in the AL East. From 2010-2015, he pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays and found great success with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.
While McGee won’t come particularly cheap, he is the final piece to a truly dominant bullpen. As MLB fans know, a strong bullpen is now one of the biggest keys to success, and the Blue Jays would be wise to follow that trend in 2018.