The free agent market for relief pitchers this offseason is very weak and it has resulted in a lot of teams to try to fix their bullpen woes via trade. Two relievers drawing interest: Tampa Bay Rays‘ Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks are among the teams expressing interest in Boxberger and McGee.
McGee, 29, has been solid for the Rays the past two seasons, as he has not had an ERA above 2.45. In those two seasons, he has collected 25 saves and an outstanding 138/24 strikeout-to-walk ratio. McGee’s strength is his fastball, but he struggles with the breaking ball. Any team looking to acquire McGee should view him as a setup man rather than a closer.
Boxberger, 29, collected 41 saves last season for the Rays, but had an underwhelming 3.71 ERA and 4-10 record.
Both players are under contract for several years and are signed cheap, so acquiring either McGee or Boxberger won’t be cheap.
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