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Rays calling up Jake McGee - closer candidate next year?


McGee was a top pitching prospect and was graded an A by Sickels until Tommy John called upon his elbow. His velocity and performance suffered when he first returned but he is back to throwing smoke and at DBayRays there is some debate beginning whether he or Hell Boy should get on the post-season roster — I know it's post Sept. 1 but the Rays have the flexibility to do so by placing an active player on the D.L.

Soriano has been great this year and a key contributor to the team's success but that success likely pushed the soon-to-be-free-agent to salary demands the Rays can't afford. Will that open the door for McGee, whose fastball dominant repertoire may be better suited for the bullpen?

McGee was solid at AA this year with excellent strikeout rates despited a high BABIP and was dominant in a brief appearance at AAA.

I doubt the Rays begin 2011 with McGee as closer and expect he will be used as a LOOGY initially. But I also think he may grab the role as the season progresses.

As a fantasy player, I think McGee is a good under-the-radar pickup for deeper leagues.

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