August 17, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Casey McGehee (45) is high fived by on-deck batter Ichiro Suzuki (31) after scoring on an RBI single by Jayson Nix (not pictured) during the sixth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Free Agency: Miami Marlins interested in Casey McGehee and Wilson Betemit

The Miami Marlins are continuing thei/r search for anybody who will help improve or at least jump start their infield. They’ve recently signed veteran infielder Rafael Furcal and first baseman Garrett Jones to contracts, which are great starts.

Now they’re turning their attention to a guy who had a great year over in ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’ aka Japan. A handful of Major League players have opted to leave the states and sign with a team in Japan, which eventually led to success.

I guess you can consider Japan to be a career boosting destination.

Former New York Yankee third/first baseman Casey McGehee left the United States after the 2012 season and signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. He helped lead the team to their first ever Pacific League Pennants and Japan Series titles.

Granted the team has only been around for about eight years, but it’s still a great accomplishment.

According to to the Miami Herald, the Marlins are reportedly ‘intrigued’ by Casey McGehee and Wilson Betemit.

Casey tore up the Pacific League with a .289/.371/.512 batting line and 27 home runs.

Betemit on the other hand, hasn’t left the states and was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles back in September. The move eventually led to him being released after he signed a two year deal in January of 2012.

He only played in six games last year for the Orioles, seen 10 at bats and didn’t record anything but three strikes. A year before he had 12 home runs and 40 RBI’s with a batting line of .261/.322/.422 after appearing in 102 games.

I wonder if those are the stats that the Marlins are looking at.

Either way, one of these guys could be brought on board soon. The question is Miami Marlins fans, which one would you prefer?

Tags: Casey McGehee Miami Marlins Wilson Betemit

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