An already injury-riddled season will continue for Jake McGee as he undergoes knee surgery, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
The surgery will require McGee to miss six to eight weeks, which would appear to end the season for him. The 29-year-old started the season on the disabled list as he got back from offseason elbow surgery. The innings that McGee were able to pitch were fantastic. In 35 innings, McGee sported a 2.57 ERA with a 12.3 SO/9 rate and a 1.8 BB/9 rate.
For the second-time, McGee will be arbitration-eligible this winter. This past winter, he received $3.55 million and while having a injury riddled season, those small numbers this season should result in a raise.
A potential raise might create a problem with the Rays' payroll. A small raise shouldn't cripple the Rays financially, but the Rays have a number of other players due for arbitration (Alex Cobb, Desmond Jennings, Drew Smyly, Daniel Nava and Logan Forsythe as the bigger names).
The Rays will have $29.8 million committed to four players (Evan Longoria, James Loney, Matt Moore and Chris Archer). This season, they had a payroll around $75 million. Combine those raises with the already committed money, and the Rays might have to make some moves in the winter in order to make these numbers work.