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Miami Marlins: Marlins Expected to Bring Back Casey McGehee


The Miami Marlins are bringing back third baseman Casey McGehee, according to Andy Slater of 940 AM-WINZ.

Casey was the Miami Marlins starting third baseman last year and had a very successful first half of the season, before going on a total collapse in the second half. The collapse carried with him over to 2015, when he was with the Giants.

The Marlins traded Casey to the Giants in the off-season for Kendry Flores and another pitching prospect. So at least you can say the Marlins got two pitching prospects for free. 

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McGehee started the season as a the Giants third baseman but later lost his job to Matt Duffy in May and has not been a regular player since. He still leads the MLB in grounded into the double plays, despite not qualifying for the batting title.

McGehee leads all of baseball in double plays and has struggled mightily for the Giants this season, he has posted fWAR of -0.6, which would rank as the fourth lowest on the Marlins.

The Giants have designated McGehee two times this season, the latest time coming earlier in July instead of outrighting him, the Giants decided to release him this morning.

Luckily for him he wasn’t out of a job for long since he signed back in Miami the same day.

McGehee hit two home runs this year, one of them, as you probably remember, was a grand slam vs the Marlins in May.

The move doesn’t make sense to me but what makes sense with the Marlins now a days?

The All-Star break is coming in 4 days and once the break is over, Martin Prado will be coming back from injury. Prado was acquired to be an upgrade over McGehee.

With Prado being back the Marlins will have two, if not three, better third basemen on the roster in Miguel Rojas and Derek Dietrich. Rojas has the better glove and Dietrich has the much better bat.

I guess the Marlins are hoping McGehee can bring back that magic he had in the first half of 2014 to help turn the 2015 season around, but that is highly unlikely.

The Marlins enter play Thursday 35-50, good enough for the second worst record in the NL.

You can make the injury excuse for this season, but it is much worse than that and McGehee is not going to help much.

At the end of the this won’t save the season or come anything close to saving it. But I *guess* it can’t hurt. What else can go wrong this year?

I would expect Miguel Rojas to be sent down or Jordany Valdespin to be designated to make room for Casey McGehee.

Update (5:45 PM): McGehee will clear waivers tomorrow at 1 PM, at which time the Miami Marlins will make a push to sign him: 

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