RP - FA
RP Jeremy Jeffress has been released by the Washington Nationals for "personnel reasons."
After posting a 1.54 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 17:12 K/BB ratio to go along with eight saves over 23 1/3 innings in 2020, Jeffress has been released by the Nats. Prior to the start of spring training, there was some speculation that Jeffress only received a minor league deal as a result of his "past issues" dealing with marijuana. Jeffress is now a free agent, and although is K:BB ratio is concerning, Jeffress could still help a team in need of bullpen reinforcements.
Free agent reliever Jeremy Jeffress has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Washington Nationals, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
Jeffress will earn $1.25 million with another potential $1.25 million in performance bonuses if he's able to crack the Nats' roster, according to Feinsand. Jeffress put up a solid season with the Cubs last year, registering a 1.54 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 17:12 K/BB ratio to go along with eight saves over 23 1/3 innings. This looks like a team friendly deal with the Nationals if the 33-year-old can make the roster.
Jeremy Jeffress came in to relieve Kyle Hendricks in the seventh inning of Game 1of the Wild Card series against the Marlins. He gave up two singles and a two-run homer to Jesus Aguilar while striking out two. The Cubs lost, 5-1.
Jeffress had been merely average over the final week of the season, and that turned into a catastrophe for the Cubs in Game 1. Look for manager David Ross to turn to Craig Kimbrel in a high-leverage situation for Game 2.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched the seventh inning of Saturday's game against the White Sox, giving up one hit while striking out one. The Cubs lost, 9-5.
Jeffress had not pitched in a while, so he was getting in some work with the Cubs behind. Assuming that Jeffress doesn't pitch Sunday, he finishes 2020 with a 1.54 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, eight saves, and 17 strikeouts in 23 and 1/3 innings. He was one of the few great waiver wire pickups this year.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Pirates, striking out one and not allowing a base runner. The Cubs won, 5-0.
Jeffress had not pitched since Friday, so manager David Ross was just looking to get him some work. His 1.61 ERA and 0.94 WHIP through 22 and 1/3 innings are a pleasant surprise for the Cubs and fantasy players alike.