With Major League Baseball free agency just a couple months away, former major league first baseman Casey McGehee is considering returning to the states after spending a year in Japan.
McGehee was drafted by the Chicago Cubs back in the 2003 draft but was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009.
After spending a couple seasons with the Brew-Crew, he was on the move once again when he traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jose Veras after former Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez agree’d to a contract with Milwaukee.
His last major league appearance was with the New York Yankees, where he was traded to them in exchange for right handed pitcher Chad Qualls after Alex Rodriguez and Mike Teixeira went down to injuries.
McGehee signed a $1.5 million contract to play for Japan’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles last December and just like other Major League players, he found success.
The 30 year old first baseman has hit 27 home runs and 90 RBI’s with a batting line of .289/.371/.512 through 137 games in Japan. The 27 home runs are a professional career high (23 back in 2010 for the Brewers), so after having a great season in Japan, he should get some attention for teams who are in need of a corner infielder next season.