Giants Sign 3B Casey McGehee From Marlins


The San Francisco Giants finally plugged their third base hole by signing Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins.

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It took some time, but the Giants finally found their new third baseman after losing Pablo Sandoval to the Boston Red Sox earlier in the offseason. The Giants officially announced the acquisition of Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee on Saturday morning.

The Marlins received two minor league right-handed pitchers in return, according to a story by CSN Bay Area.

McGehee became expendable for the Marlins, after they acquired Martin Prado from the New York Yankees on Friday. Having turned 32 in October, McGehee was awarded NL Comeback Player of the Year last season after he rebounded strongly from spending a season in Japan with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. McGehee hit .287 with 29 doubles, four home runs and 76 RBI in 2014 for the Marlins. He played 160 games and had 616 at-bats.

The Giants went into the offseason after winning their third World Series in four years with a big priority: re-sign Pablo Sandoval. It didn’t work out and Sandoval headed east. The club has been linked with several names since, including Chase Headley and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Both signed elsewhere.

Casey McGehee should be a good fit for the Giants. He gives them another right-handed hitter, something they’ve often struggled to have enough of. Sandoval was a switch-hitter, but considerably worse right-handed than left. McGehee is also plenty familiar with California, having grown up in Santa Cruz and attended Fresno State.

McGehee’s last good year in the MLB was in 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers wherein he played 157 games and had a .285 average. His career went downhill from there and he was on two different teams in 2012 before heading to Japan.

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