Brewers DFA Former MLB Closer; Recall Right-Hander

The Milwaukee Brewers have recalled RHP Jason Alexander from the minors, and in turn, have made room by designating for assignment 13-year major league veteran reliever Jake McGee.

And the move comes just one day after the team gleefully wished McGee a happy 36th birthday all over social media. 

McGee was the closer for the San Francisco Giants last season, recording 31 saves with a 2.72 ERA and a 58:10 K:BB ratio. But the job was taken from him in 2022, as he struggled mightily with a 7.17 ERA and only 11 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. Camilo Doval took over as the closer in April. 

He was released by the Giants in July, and signed to a major league deal by the Brewers. But his fortunes weren't much better in Milwaukee, where in 6 appearances, he posted a 6.35 ERA. 

Overall, he's recorded 79 saves in his 13-year career, with a lifetime 3.67 ERA. It's likely that a contender could pick him up for some bullpen depth down the stretch.

This is Alexander's second tour of duty with the Brewers; he was called up initially at the beginning of June, and posted a 5.60 ERA in 10 appearances, 7 of them starts. He was sent down in mid-July, and now gets another shot in the Show.

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