With the news that Tampa Rays closer Grant Balfour has been demoted, there are some saves to be found on the waiver wire.
Even though Ray’s manager Joe Maddon has indicated that he will use the dreaded “committee” approach, it may not be the worst thing in the world to go out and scoop up Jake McGee if you are in need of saves as McGee could be given an opportunity to lock down the Tampa closers role before long.
That is especially true if you are in real deep formats or AL-only leagues. In standard leagues I would recommend waiting a bit to see how things play out, but McGee is certainly one to pay close attention to.
McGee has been dominant, with a 1.59 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 10.48 K/9 rate and 1.91 BB/9 rate so far in 2014 and his numbers could be maintainable, given his 1.49 FIP. He also hasn’t given up a homer yet on the season.
Given the state of the Tampa bullpen right now McGee should be a realistic option as his numbers are certainly better than those of Juan Carlos Oviedo,
Oviedo may also get a look from Maddon, but he has posted a walk rate of more than four per nine in limited action.
The downside to McGee closing is that he is left handed and most managers are reluctant to go with a lefty closer, even though a guy like Sean Doolittle has enjoyed since being anointed the full-time closer in Oakland.
In the meantime it is worth taking a short-term gamble on McGee if you are in a deep league or have a bench spot where you can afford to hold onto him for a bit.