Dodgers: Possible Bullpen Targets in Free Agency

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Jake McGee – 3.61 ERA with the Colorado Rockies in 2017

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The Dodgers could bring Andrew Friedman back a familiar face if they choose to sing Jake McGee instead of bringing Tony Watson back.  McGee spent the majority of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays and is one of the hardest throwing southpaws in baseball as his fastball averages just a tick under 95 miles per hour.  The Dodgers could weaken a division rival and strengthen their pen by bringing McGee aboard.

In 2017, McGee fared better against right-handed hitters as he limited them to a 203 average compared to a 260 average against fellow left-handers.  Moving away from Coors Field should only help McGee as he would be going from one of the extreme hitter’s parks to one of the better parks for pitchers.  While fly balls travel well at Coors, they die in the dense clouds at Chavez Ravine for most night games.

McGee averages over a strikeout per inning in his career so the Dodgers would be going from a ground ball specialist to a strikeout pitcher if they lose Watson in free agency but bring McGee into the fold.  While Morrow is undoubtedly going to be a hot commodity in free agency the Dodgers may have more competition for Watson since he will command a more reasonable salary.  If Watson leaves the Dodgers in free agency, then McGee is an excellent option to replace him.

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Well see who the front office decides to go with, but I’d assume priority number one would be to bring back Brandon Morrow and Tony Watson. If either of those players leave, all these are viable options to keep intact the best bullpen in the National League.