The Giants announced they’ve claimed reliever Jake Jewell off waivers from the Dodgers and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento. It’s the second time Jewell has changed organizations in recent weeks, as Los Angeles just added him from the Cubs at the end of August. He spent all of 2020 in the Giants system but didn’t pitch because of the canceled minor league season and ultimately elected free agency over the offseason.
Jewell didn’t make a big league appearance with the Dodgers, as Los Angeles immediately optioned him to Triple-A after claiming him. He did make ten appearances with Chicago this season, allowing twelve runs (eleven earned) over ten innings with ten strikeouts and five walks. The 28-year-old had been far more productive with the Cubs’ top affiliate in Iowa, though, where he posted a 2.78 ERA over 32 1/3 innings with a quality 27.1% strikeout rate and an average 10.1% walk percentage.
The right-hander also logged some big league action with the 2018-19 Angels. Altogether, he owns a 7.75 ERA over 38 1/3 frames at the MLB level. Jewell is in his final minor league option year, meaning the Giants can keep him in Triple-A for the remainder of the season but would have to either carry him on the active roster next year or risk losing him themselves. Because Jewell was acquired after August 31, he is not eligible to participate in the postseason. He can, however, try to help San Francisco hold off his former club in a tight NL West race over the regular season’s final few weeks.