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Pirates land 3B Casey McGehee from Brewers

Dec 12, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

Casey McGehee

The Pirates picked up another option at third base on Monday, acquiring Casey McGehee from the Brewers for right-hander Jose Veras.

Both players were considered candidates to be non-tendered this evening.

McGehee, 29, followed up two surprisingly strong seasons for the Brewers by hitting .223/.280/.346 with 13 homers and 67 RBI in 546 at-bats last year. That caused the Brewers to make third base a priority this winter and that need was addressed by the Aramis Ramirez signing on Monday.

Veras, who served as a setup man in front of Joel Hanrahan in Pittsburgh, will help fill the bullpen holes left by the exits of LaTroy Hawkins and Takashi Saito in Milwaukee. The 31-year-old has always battled control issues, but he’s finished with ERAs of 3.75 and 3.80 the last two years. In his career, he’s struck out 249 and walked 132 over 247 1/3 innings.

McGehee can likely be penciled in as Pittsburgh’s third baseman for now, though the team also has a vacancy at first. If that’s not filled by Derrek Lee or another free agent, then the Pirates could open the season with former first-round pick Pedro Alvarez at third and McGehee at first. However, Alvarez seems in need of some additional minor league time and may end up at first base himself.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Always liked McGehee. He was cut from a Milwaukee kinda cloth. Hope he finds his stroke again in Pittsburgh.

    • jwbiii - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:04 AM

      Ok, I said McGehee would be non-tendered earlier today. I like my crow fricasseed in a spicy tomato sauce. Melvin got something potentially useful for him. Well played, sir!

  2. johnnyb1976 - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Pittsburgh gets what I think a guy that the brewers gave up on to soon. Another bad move the brewers have made so far this offseason

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:25 PM

      Brewers haven’t had the best off season but they still have a pretty good group coming back. Brewers aren’t the Yankees. They can’t make the headlines they were making last year at this time every year.

    • dwrek5 - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:33 PM

      They traded something they didnt need for something they did need. Seems ok to me.

  3. pogodog7 - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    McGehee is a fat, bald bastard. He is going to need to lose about 35 lbs to be able to bend over and play 3rd adequately.

  4. beerman1 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    A serious headcase, if he can pull it together he might make the crew regret giving up on him too quickly! Doubt it though, I believe he over excelled his good years before last year.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:56 AM

      What makes him a headcase? Is it because he had a bad year like many players before him?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:59 AM

      What makes him a headcase? Having a bad year like many guys before him?

  5. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Maybe pogodog was referring to his alopecia. Having that does make you a head case, doesn’t it?

  6. johnnyb1976 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    I think the brewers regressed with the signing of Ramirez he’s not what he used to be and has been in decline for a few years now

  7. stairwayto7 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    McGehee? for real? THIS GUY IS A BUM!!

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