Jake McGee and Brad BoxbergerJake McGee has been a constant name mentioned in Rays’ trade discussions this offseason and now there is a report that suggests the team could be close to trading their dominating co-closer.

According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, trade talks involving McGee have “intensified” in recent days.

“Sources: Rays trade conversations on reliever Jake McGee have intensified over last 24 to 48 hours,” Morosi wrote on Twitter.

Morosi went on to speculate that the Dodgers could be the logical landing spot for McGee for multiple reasons, including Andrew Friedman’s familiarity with McGee, as well as the Dodgers backing out of a deal to acquire Aroldis Chapman.

McGee missed the start of the 2015 season and when he returned, he yielded most of the 9th-inning duties to Brad Boxberger, another name who has come up in trade discussions. However, despite Boxberger’s apparent anger of how he was used in 2015, it probably makes more sense for the Rays to trade McGee who will be a free agent sooner (after the 2017 season) and is projected to make a lot more money this season (~$4.7 million vs ~$500,000).



  1. Woodrow744 says:

    Let's hope there is a 35 year old catcher out there, with a lifetime BA somewhere around .200, who can really, and I MEAN REALLY frame the heck out of pitches. Let's all enjoy the 9th innings next year!

  2. edward says:

    I really hope they trade jake he makes way too much money , and we know that the rays can't afford to pay him. Unreal, I can see it now , they will get another shortstop or another "framing" catcher. Nope they will get 2 or 3 minor league players that they have been looking at for a few years now, that they really liked. Wait isn't Crawford still playing for the dodgers, maybe they can get l.a. to eat 99 percent of his salary and bring him back. Ok seriously now I really do hope they can get something that is going to help the team this year.

    • OriginalTom says:

      "nope they will get 2 or 3 minor league player that they have been looking at for years now"

      You mean like when they traded Garza for Archer, Guyer, and Fuld?

  3. Ken J says:

    The rays can never underestimate the importance of pitch framing as in
    Kelly shopvac,slow Molina,Ryan hurt again, composite batting average
    .175 and to carry on the tradition of excellent framers we add hank no arm conger to the list.

  4. Gus says:

    In what world is a $5M closer too expensive? Cheap bastards.

    • Greg says:

      Exactly. We'll probably go out and sign someone not nearly as good for 3 or 4 million. It just doesn't seem like a big savings. Guess we'll see who we get in a trade and maybe it'll be worthwhile then.


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