San Francisco Giants: How They Can Contend in 2016

8 of 12

Trade for Jake McGee

Aug 18, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jake McGee (57) pitches during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

At the end of the 2015 season, Jeremy Affeldt retired leaving open a gap. Pretty soon, retirement looks headed for Lopez way as well. The Giants tried early on this offseason to bring in Joakim Soria, but he chose to sign thre years and $25 million with the Kansas City Royals. While finishing as a runner up, it is clear they are looking to add at least one veteran arm. The Rays have pieces that are available in their rotation and bullpen and Jake McGee would make sense.

McGee was expected to be the Rays closer, but an injury forced the team to name Brad Boxberger who surprisingly handled the closer job well in the absence of McGee. But since then, McGee has been available for situational saves and hasn’t been the team’s every day closer.

With Romo and Casilla building up the mileage and a potential Lopez departure after this season, to go along with the young arms Giants have waiting, McGee could retain closing duties or be left as a middle reliever or set-up man.

The left-hander is only 29 and has only been in the league for five seasons. A change of scenery to an environment where a team is ready to compete might be a welcome relief for McGee. Mark Gardner would be able to help McGee, after helping George Kontos, Strickland, and others become efficient relievers.

Next: Jose Quintana