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Casey McGehee Signs with Marlins


The Marlins continued with their offseason acquisition spree on Wednesday by signing third baseman Casey McGehee to a 1 year deal according to Miami Herald writer Barry Jackson.

This signing fills a glaring need that the Marlins have unable to fill so far this offseason. After being linked to various players like Juan Uribe and Will Middlebrooks, Miami was finally able to sign someone who they hope will be able to provide more offense at third base than they received last year.

The signing works well for both sides. McGehee gets a chance to capitalize on a great year in Japan with a starting position on a major league team. The Marlins only have to commit one year to a player who is eager to show that he can return to form here in the states. After his contract is up, Miami will be able to slide future third baseman Colin Moran into that position.

Miami fans should be cautiously optimistic with this signing. Keep in mind that we are likely not signing a future all-star. ESPN writer Dan Szymborski outlined what we could expect from McGehee.

 

While it is true that McGehee is not likely to lead us to the playoffs at the hot corner, I like this signing for Miami. It is a low risk, decent reward option that is a true stop-gap for Moran. As a matter of fact, with McGehee’s reported contract, I think it is a definite positive.


This gives the Marlins a potential 20 home run guy at third base, something that Miami could only dream of last year. What do you think about the signing? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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  • http://about.me/RoderickCrowley Rodrigo Lema González

    This is a great pickup -and I called it a few days ago on another post by Chris-. Not only we got a decent bat to play third but also a guy we can platoon with Garrett Jones at first.

    It’s a little delusional to think he’ll be able to replicate his .292/.376/.515 line of 2013, but he could be a major steal if his BA hovers around .275 and pairs it with 15-20 HRs and 20+ doubles. His plate discipline also improved significantly with Rakuten, so I’d be expecting between 50 and 60 walks as well.

  • ehsank24

    I like the move and I would like the move even more if the Marlins are able to dump Greg Dobbs and sign Eric Chavez. This way we could move McGehee between first and third and also platoon Ed Lucas at both positions with both lefties. Versatility is what the Marlins are looking for and those moves could provide that.

  • http://about.me/RoderickCrowley Rodrigo Lema González

    A small update, to accomodate McGehee on the 40-man roster, the Feesh have designated Kyle Skipworth for assignment, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

    So much for a first-round pick that was compared to Joe Mauer at some point, huh?

    • Ivan

      does that mean that he could be picked up on waivers? if so, the teams looking for catchers are the Jays, Twins and i think there was one else. do you think any of them have the space on their 40 man roster and/or the need for a young catcher who hasn’t even played 5 games yet at the major league level?

      • Chris Logel

        Yes they would have to put him on waivers, trade or release him. I don’t see the Twins taking a chance on him. Possibly the Jays. I wouldn’t be horribly disappointed to see him go. I think both Brantly and Realmuto have a better future at this point. I also don’t think that he is a no-brainer to get picked up by another team.

        • http://about.me/RoderickCrowley Rodrigo Lema González

          Well, the Jays would have to be at the edge of desperation to consider picking up a guy whose career line in the Minors is a paltry .215/.277/.380 and averages over four strikeouts per walk.

          At this point, I think it’s pretty safe to put the “bust” label on Skipworth. Oh well… He can try to resurrect his career somewhere else. There are plenty of leagues overseas.

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