Casey McGehee is enjoying a career year for the Marlins, batting .322/.389/.399 with 2 home runs and 56 RBI. He struggled in 2011 and 2012 with the Yankees and Pirtaes, before spending 2013 in Japan. The Marlins have loved having him around this season, and he’s been a big part of their offensive turn around.
McGehee has been viewed as a possible sell-high candidate by many, and apparently teams are asking about the third baseman.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 22, 2014
McGehee is more likely to be extended by the Marlins than traded at this point. The team plans on offering a contract extension to Giancarlo Stanton during the off season, and trading McGehee would certainly hurt their chances of him accepting a deal.
McGehee is riding on the back of an extremely high BABIP (batting average on balls in play), and his RBI total is being blown up by a league leading batting average with runners in scoring position. Whether that can be accredited to luck, and a clutch gene is up for debate. However, a repeat performance from McGehee is highly unlikely.
Either way, the Marlins could sell high on McGehee, and get a pretty good return, maybe even a middle infield prospect that they desperately need. In the end, Stanton is in the driver’s seat right now, and there’s a very small chance that McGehee is going anywhere.