Former Los Angeles Dodgers Relief Pitcher Jake McGee Retires

Jake McGee announced his retirement after a 13-year career that included stints with the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals.

McGee was selected by the Rays in the fifth round of the 2004 MLB Draft, and he would go on to make his big league debut with them six years later. The left-hander spent parts of six seasons with the organization before being traded to the Colorado Rockies prior to the 2016 season.

McGee had an up and down four-year stint with the Rockies and was released before the start of the shortened 2020 season. The Dodgers, in need of bullpen depth, signed McGee to a one-year contract.

He benefitted from the change of scenery and went 3-1 with a 2.66 ERA, 1.67 FIP and 0.84 WHIP in 20.1 innings over 24 appearances. McGee collected 33 strikeouts against just three walks and only allowed two home runs.

McGee was included on each of the Dodgers’ postseason rosters but did not get into a game until the National League Championship Series. He took the mound three times against the Atlanta Braves, allowing one run on three hits in 1.2 innings pitched.

McGee’s final appearance came in Game 2 of the 2020 World Series against his former Rays team, when he tossed a scoreless inning with one strikeout.

After revitalizing his career with the Dodgers, McGee joined the Giants on a multi-year contract in free agency. He enjoyed a successful 2021 season but endured the worst campaign of his career last year.

McGee was released by the Giants this past July, then continued to struggle with the Brewers and Nationals. Over parts of 13 MLB seasons, the 36-year-old went 32-28 with a 3.71 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 1.15 WHIP and 9.6 strikeouts per nine over 650 games.

Jake McGee among former Dodgers to recently retire

McGee joined Albert Pujols, Adrián González, Russell Martin, Drew Butera, Edwin Jackson and Tony Watson as former Dodgers who retired in recent months. Jeren Kendall, who was taken by the team in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft, also retired.

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