Dodgers News and Notes: Jake McGee Signs One-Year Deal, Gavin Lux Optioned

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With one exhibition game left before the Dodgers begin their regular season Thursday against the Giants, the front office made a few personnel moves Tuesday morning.

What was quite a surprise to many Dodger fans, highly touted prospect Gavin Lux was optioned. Lux, who is currently ranked the second-best prospect in MLB’s rankings, will now work out at the Dodgers alternate site at the University of Southern California.

Lux showed up late to Summer Camp for undisclosed reasons. He saw limited action in the two Dodger exhibition games and struggled a bit, misplaying a few balls in the infield and showing inconsistencies at the plate. He was named the favorite by many to win National League Rookie of the Year honors.

The 22-year-old Wisconsin native was presumed to be the starting second baseman by many analysts. With Lux now being optioned, Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor or even Max Muncy could split time at second base.

The Dodgers also announced that they have agreed to terms on a one year contract with left-handed pitcher Jake McGee.

In order to make room for McGee on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers have transferred right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson to the 45-day injured list.

McGee is expected to join the team Tuesday.

The move reunites McGee with Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who served in the Tampa Bay Rays front office when McGee was drafted in 2004. The 33-year-old native of San Jose was placed on waivers by the Colorado Rockies Friday after spending four seasons with the team.

In four years with the Rockies, McGee went 4-11 with a 4.78 ERA (104ER/195.2 IP) in 225 games, including a record of 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA (20ER/41.1 IP) over 45 games in 2019. Throughout his 10-year career, the lefty has posted a 25-22 record with a 3.64 ERA (184ER/455.1 IP) and 497 strikeouts in 522 games.

The 31-year-old Nelson signed with the Dodgers this offseason. He did not make any Spring Training appearances with the club and had season-ending lumbar surgery on July 6. He spent six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, going 33-46 with a 4.22 ERA (297 ER/633.1 IP) and 578 strikeouts throughout his tenure.

The Dodgers have played and won two exhibition games against Arizona Diamondbacks, and will play their final exhibition game against the crosstown rivals Anaheim Angels on Tuesday night.

The Dodger bats have really flexed their muscles during the two-game span against Arizona. The offense put up 21 runs and tallied a run differential of 18 runs.

On Monday night in their second game against Arizona, the Dodgers plated 12 runs. Taylor, Mookie Betts and Joc Pederson all hit home runs during the 12-1 win. Pederson and Taylor both had four RBI while Betts knocked in three, all courtesy of a three-run bomb.

Julio Urias pitched five innings, allowing just one run on an Ildemaro Vargas homer. Urias gave up four hits, one walk while striking out three batters. The bullpen pitched four scoreless innings, with Edubray Ramos, Dylan Floro, Blake Treinen, and Brusdar Graterol contributing.

The Dodgers will send their No. 3 rated prospect, Josiah Gray, to the mound against the Angels for their final exhibition game. The 22-year-old right-hander went 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA in nine games during 2019 with the Tulsa Drillers, the Dodgers Double-A affiliate.

Tuesday’s contest is the final tuneup before the real thing begins Thursday against the biggest rivals from up North, the Giants. Amid everything that has occurred in 2020, it will still be Dodgers and Giants on Opening Day.

It will finally be time for Dodger baseball.


12 thoughts on “Dodgers News and Notes: Jake McGee Signs One-Year Deal, Gavin Lux Optioned

  1. Tough one for Lux but now we’ll see what he’s made of. Opens a door for McKinstry tho Taylor probable starter at 2nd right now. Lot of talent on this team. Made Dbacks look like a little league team. Looking forward to Gray going against Angels. They have one of the better lineups in baseball. Losing Joc and Strip on that trade will hurt them big time.


    1. I agree Rich, this gives McKinstry a small opening. We’ll see how many position players they decide to put on the 30-man. The one advantage he has is that he’s a lefty hitter while both Kike and CT3 bat from the right side.

      I don’t really understand the McGee signing but I’m assuming AF has his reasons (other than the fact that they were in Tampa together). Fergie is definitely on the roster, Alexander may not be ready and Kolarek may be giving them the jitters in view of the 3-man rule. If McGee works out, great. If not, they can cut him loose and bring back one of the other two or even Gonzalez if he is doing well at workouts. McGee is a worthwhile gamble I suppose.


  2. Roberts already said McKinstrey was not making the 30 man roster. Kike, Taylor, and Muncy will handle second base. Lux did not help his case at all coming in late, and he looked totally rusty in the field and the plate. Remember, he was ok when he played last year, but not nearly as impressive as he was in the minors. Until he proves he can hold the job, he is still no more than a prospect. McGee showed he is not close to being ready either giving up 2 homers and a double.


  3. Hold the presses. A lot of chatter on Twitter today coming from Lou Merloni of WEEI in Boston. He is saying the Dodgers and Mookie Betts are closing in on a long term deal. 10yrs @ 350 to 400 million. The amount makes sense since that is what he asked from the Sox and was turned down. Hope this is more than just a rumor.


  4. MLBtraderumors is now reporting the same thing saying ” talks are serious” . Wow, what a headline that would be heading into the season.


      1. I have to admit, this is a very smart move by AF. And it might just make up for all the gaffs he has made along with some very astute moves. I give credit where credit is due. But first it needs to come true, and second, and this is more important to me than signing Mookie, they need to win a championship. If they don’t, AF is still nothing more than good, but no cigar.


      2. You’re right Bear, it has to actually happen before the Shlemmings celebrate (and we’ll let you celebrate with us).
        As far as actually winning the WS, at some point the players need to be held responsible. If this roster doesn’t win a World Championship, I’m not going to hold AF responsible.

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      3. The players are always responsible. Always have been always will be. Their performance is on them. But, I cannot give credit as a genius to a guy who’s teams so far, even though winners during the regular season, have yet to bring home the big prize. Those guys are rated on their success in the post season, and even though they are not responsible for the performance of the players, they are responsible for the players who are on the field. Great GM’s do not always win, it is true. And AF is not really a GM, He has much more say and power than that. Look, in 2018, even without cheating, the Red Sox were by far the superior team. 2017 was when they had a great chance. Then last year, they had by far their best team, and because they did not have the pitching to match DC, they did not even get out of the first round, and they lost the decider at home…AGAIN. Claire won with a much less talented team, and the 59 squad was nothing more than a collection of crusty old vets, and kids trying to make their mark. At some point my friend, the onus is on the construction master, not the workers.


  5. It’s a shit-ton of money but 5 tool MVP’s in their prime don’t hit the market often so when you get the chance to keep them from a bidding war you do it. So what if we pay $40-$50 million more than many think he could have gotten in this unique climate, the Dodgers can afford it. We finally get the elite top of the order hitter we have been missing for years and years that can set the table for our bombers below him with his speed on the bases or take pitchers deep in his own right. This was a no brainer. If we can’t win it all with this roster then it’s just not going to happen. I’ve got good feelings about this year. Now let’s do the damn thing!


  6. 30 man is set. 17 pitchers and 13 position players. 7 RH hitters and 6 lefty’s Alexander, and Baez, who have yet to pitch, and McGee on the 30 man. Position players are Barnes and Smith, Muncy, Rios, Hernandez, Seager, Turner, Beatty, Betts Bellinger, Taylor, Pollock, and Joc. Starters are Wood, Kersh, Buehler, Urias and Strip. Jansen, Trienen, Baez, Alexander, Ferguson, Floro, Graterol, Kelly, Kolarek, May and Santana are the rest of the 30 man.


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