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57 Jake McGee RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/235 | Birthdate: 8/6/1986 | Birthplace: San Jose, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Tampa Bay | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $506,200 | Owned/Started%: 64/52 | Average Draft Position: 244.94
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Rays' Jake McGee will open year on DL following elbow surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Rays announced reliever Jake McGee underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery Friday to remove "a loose body," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

While the Rays said McGee is doing well following the surgery, he will start the season on the disabled list and the team won't have a timetable for his return until spring training.

McGee, who said he had been pitching with a loose body in his elbow for at least a year, added he expects to be back in late April or early May.

McGee went 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 73 games in 2014. He also had a career-high 19 saves last season.


Rays tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Rays have tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players, per the team's official website on Tuesday. Those players include: right-hander Alex Cobb, infielder Logan Forsythe, outfielder Desmond Jennings, outfielder Matt Joyce, left-hander Jake McGee and left-hander Drew Smyly.

Jake McGee strikes out the side for the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Rays closer Jake McGee needed 14 pitchs to strikeout the side for the save Saturday night in Cleveland. He has converted 19 of 23 save chances, with a 1.89 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 71 1/3 innings of work.

Joe Maddon planning on closer-by-committee approach in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) The emergence of left-hander Jake McGee, who nailed down 18 saves after taking over the closer job in mid-June, has not convinced Joe Maddon to plan on sticking with him solely in that role for the Rays next year. Maddon is looking at a closer-by-committee approach in 2015.

"I kind of like the closer-less bullpen, where you really can match up," Maddon told the Tampa Tribune. "We've done where the eighth inning requires this skill set and the ninth inning may require this skill set, and you have several guys who don't mind the pressure of those last three outs. For me, it looks like it would be best to stay the way we are."

McGee and early-season Grant Balfour have 30 of the team's 36 saves this year.


Jake McGee saves 18th game Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Rays closer Jake McGee saved his 18th game Saturday against the White Sox. 

McGee entered with a three-run lead, and had some trouble before closing it out. After a leadoff walk against Jose Abreu, McGee gave up a run-scoring single to Marcus Semien. McGee would walk the next batter, but proceeded to notch three outs against the next three hitters. He struck out one during the outing. 


Jake McGee falls short of 18th save


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Jake McGee was one out away from getting his 18th save of the season on Sunday, but pinch-hitter John Mayberry spoiled it with a ninth-inning solo home run that kept the Blue Jays in the game. The Rays, however, regained the lead in the top of the 10th inning, and McGee emerged with the win.

Mayberry was the only baserunner that McGee allowed, and he got one strikeout in his lone inning of work. The blown save was his fourth of the season, and though McGee saw his record improve to 5-2, his ERA increased to 1.82.


Jake McGee serves up walkoff three-run shot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Rays closer Jake McGee took the blown save and the loss Thursday night in New York against the Yankees.

McGee spoiled Alex Cobb's gem by allowing a walkoff three-run home run to Chris Young in the ninth. He was charged with three runs on two hits and no walks while striking out one over one-third of an inning pitched. He owns a 1.74 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 67 1/3 innings of work.

Jake McGee secures 17th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Rays closer Jake McGee earned his 17th save Tuesday, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-3 win over the Yankees.

McGee gave up a run in his last outing for just his second blown save of the year, but he bounced back nicely Tuesday, though he failed to record a strikeout for the fourth time in his last five appearances. McGee owns a 1.34 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 83:14 K:BB ratio in 67 innings.


Jake McGee dominates for his 16th save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee turned in a dominant outing Friday against the Orioles.

McGee entered with a three-run lead, and had no issues closing the door. He pitched a perfect inning, striking out all three hitters he faced. McGee threw 14 pitches, 11 of which were strikes. 


Jake McGee picks up 15th save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Rays closer Jake McGee picked up his 15th save Wednesday against the Orioles.

McGee entered with a two-run lead, and was able to shut the door. He tossed a perfect inning, striking out one during the outing. McGee tossed 10 pitches, including seven strikes. McGee lowered his ERA to 1.31.


Jake McGee earns win vs. Blue Jays Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee picked up a win Sunday, retiring all six batters he faced and recording two strikeouts in his team's 2-1, 10-inning win over the Blue Jays.

McGee (4-1) came up big in the eighth and ninth innings before the offense was able to pick up the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. He owns a 1.33 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 79:13 K:BB ratio in 61 innings.


Jake McGee locks down save No. 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee picked up his 14th save Thursday against the Tigers.

McGee entered the ninth with a one-run lead. He induced a groundout to begin the inning, but couldn't work around Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera singled, putting the tying run on first. That was the extent of the Tigers comeback. McGee got Victor Martinez to fly out, and J.D. Martinez to pop out to end the game. It was the first appearance in which McGee did not record a strikeout since July 4. 


Jake McGee unavailable Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee is unavailable Wednesday after throwing 35 pitches Tuesday.

Manager Joe Maddon said the rest of the bullpen is good to go, but did not say who would receive a save chance with McGee out. 


Jake McGee closes out Texas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Rays closer Jake McGee struck out one and needed 17 pitches to retire the side in order to close out a 6-3 victory over Texas. It was McGee’s first save since July 28. He has converted 13 of 14 save chances, with a 1.31 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP over 55 innings of relief.

Jake McGee: I'm ready to go Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) A bruised calf sustained Saturday prevented Rays closer Jake McGee from pitching Sunday, but he has proclaimed his availability for Monday night, per the Tampa Tribune.

McGee owns a 3-0 record and 1.38 ERA this season with just 33 hits allowed and 70 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched.


Jake McGee fans a pair in 1-2-3 ninth inning vs. Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee struck out two and only needed 11 pitches to retire the side in order in the ninth to close out a 2-1 win at home over the Brewers on Monday. He has converted each of his last 11 save opportunities. The southpaw owns a 1.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 63:10 K:BB ratio in 48 innings.

Jake McGee delivers 11th save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee racked up his 11th save Saturday, striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out his team's 3-0 win over the Red Sox.

McGee surrendered his first run in seven outings Friday but got right back on track one day later. He's successfully converted each of his last 10 save opportunities while also recording four holds during that stretch. McGee owns a 1.53 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 61:10 K:BB ratio in 47 innings.


Jake McGee picks up his 10th save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee picked up his 10th save Friday against the Red Sox. 

McGee entered with a three-run lead, but wound up making things interesting. With one out, McGee allowed two straight hits. David Ross was able to drive in a run on a sac fly for the second out of the inning. McGee then got Brock Holt to strike out to end the game.

McGee allowed one run on two hits over an inning of work. 


Jake McGee earns ninth save Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee picked up his ninth save Wednesday agaisnt the Cardinals.

McGee was exceptional during his one inning of work. He entered the game with a three-run lead, and struck out the side. McGee did not allow a hit or a walk during the appearance. His ERA now sits at 1.40. 


Joe Maddon shows preference for Jake McGee


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon may not have used Jake McGee, who had recorded each of the team's previous five save opportunities, in a save situation Sunday at Minnesota, but he still showed his preference for the left-hander by having him pitch the eighth inning of a two-run game.

As I mentioned in the Fantasy Baseball Today blog (after Al Melchior pointed it out to me on Monday's show), the heart of the Twins lineup was up in the eighth. From Maddon's perspective, it was the higher-leverage situation.

Now, that doesn't mean Maddon was able to rest easy in the ninth. Grant Balfour put two runners on, forcing him to make a pitching change. But it shows he knows McGee is his best reliever. He just needs to be convinced the ninth inning is the best time to use his best reliever.

Sabermetricians have long argued for managers to use their bullpens this way, and Maddon has always been the forward-thinking type. Whether or not it lasts depends on his blood pressure. Sunday's ninth inning no doubt raised it.

My take is it doesn't really matter. Given McGee's usage over the last couple weeks, Maddon typically considers the ninth inning to be the highest-leverage situation. With his perpherals, McGee will get enough save chances to serve as a No. 2 reliever in mixed leagues.


Jake McGee earns eighth save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Rays pitcher Jake McGee picked up his eighth save Saturday, recording the final two outs of his team's 5-1 win over the Twins.

McGee was brought on up four with two guys on base and one run already home in the ninth inning. He was able to record a flyout before striking out the final batter of the night. McGee owns a 1.47 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 54:9 K:BB ratio in 43 innings.


Time to call Jake McGee the closer?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/15/2014) Judging by his 47 percent ownership rate, which is higher than Chad Qualls' and Hector Rondon's but lower than LaTroy Hawkins' and Santiago Casilla's, we're all at about the same place with Jake McGee. We so desperately want him to close for the Rays and think he's on the verge of it, but we can't fully commit until manager Joe Maddon does.

The latest indicator: He recorded a save with a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Blue Jays, the last day before the All-Star break, in which he faced two right-handed hitters, including Jose Bautista. He has now gotten each of the Rays' last four save opportunities.

He had a stretch in late June when he looked like he had locked up the role as well only to have Maddon turn to Joel Peralta, Grant Balfour and Brad Boxberger for consecutive save opportunities. This is his longest interrupted streak so far, though, and he's certainly been the most reliable of that group.

Given that the Rays won't be buyers at the trade deadline, McGee's ascension to the closer role appears inevitable. And knowing how high would rank among closers with his 1.52 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings, you'll want to buy into him before it becomes official.


Jake McGee picks up easy save


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee tossed a perfect ninth inning Sunday to earn his seventh save in eight chances. McGee struck out two batters, closing out a 3-0 win over Toronto.

Jake McGee activated from paternity list


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Rays activated reliever Jake McGee from the paternity list, reports the Tampa Bay Times. McGee missed two games for the birth of his first child.

Jake McGee heading for paternity leave list


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Rays reliever Jake McGee went to the hospital with his wife after Wednesday's game, for the delivery of their first child. According to the Tampa Bay Times, McGee will be placed on paternity leave Friday, but should be back with the team by Sunday.