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Casey McGehee signing with Japanese team

Dec 21, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

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Casey McGehee‘s rapid decline has led to the 30-year-old heading to Japan.

Sankei in Japan reports that McGehee has agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, which is the same team that signed Andruw Jones earlier this week.

As recently as 2010 he hit .285 with 23 homers and 104 RBIs for the Brewers, but McGehee has hit just .221 with a .632 OPS in 269 games since then, bouncing from the Brewers to the Pirates to the Yankees in the process.

Given the relatively modest payday in Japan it seems obvious that he couldn’t find a guaranteed major-league job for 2013, so he chose Rakuten over competing for a bench gig on a minor-league deal.

  1. albertmn - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Wouldn’t he have been a better option (or at least cheaper) than Polanco for the Marlins?

  2. tbbucs621 - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Rays should buy it out and we can use him. If they think Loney will be back to his hitting ways why not give this guy a shot?

  3. fless43 - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Trust me: As a Brewers fan the last thing you want your team to do is “give this guy a shot”. He’s awful. He caught lightening in a bottle 1 season and that was it. His defense is almost as horrific as his hitting.

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