The San Francisco Giants just delivered one of their more unexpected moves of the offseason, signing left-handed reliever Jake McGee to a two-year deal, reportedly worth $7 million.
A left-handed piece for the bullpen probably wasn’t the move that most Giants fans were anticipating, but McGee can greatly shore up the bullpen. The 34 year old was fantastic in 2020 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, posting a 2.66 ERA and 1.67 FIP, with 33 strikeouts to just 3 walks in 20.1 innings. That’s the kind of ratio that makes me think I should have seen this move coming, given what the Giants value.
McGee becomes the first pitcher since Farhan Zaidi took over as president of baseball operations to sign a multi-year deal with San Francisco. He’ll presumably replace Tony Watson, who is a free agent and now seems quite unlikely to return.