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Marlins interested in Casey McGehee and Wilson Betemit to play third base

Dec 14, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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The Marlins have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for free agent Juan Uribe in recent days, but Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald hears that the club continues to look at other options to play third base:

Seeking a third baseman, the Marlins are intrigued by free agent Casey McGehee, 31, who played in Japan this year and led his team to a championship by hitting .298 with 28 homers and 93 RBI.

He hit .217 with nine homers and 41 RBI for the Pirates and Yankees in 2012 but drove in 104 runs in 2010 and 67 in 2011. Wilson Betemit (.261, 12 homers in 2012, injured in 2013) also has been discussed as an option.

The Marlins want a third baseman with versatility, and McGehee and Betemit can play multiple positions.

While McGehee has enjoyed success since his move overseas, his agent told Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca back in October that his client would consider a return to MLB if the right opportunity came along. As for Betemit, a knee injury limited him to just six games with the Orioles this past season before he was designated for assignment in September, but he owns an .819 career OPS against right-handed pitchers. His defense could be an issue, though. Both players would be low-cost alternatives to Uribe, who is coming off arguably the best season of his 13-year major league career.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I would like to see a Woman play third base for the Marlins. 1) It would be precedent setting. 2) It would have little impact on their win/loss ratio. 3) It would change the dynamics in the locker room.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Think the Jays will make it out of house cellar this year? I don’t

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Jimmy, you are entitled to your opinion. Enjoy the weather in Florida. It is cold and snowy here in the Toronto area. I feel very nostalgic about global warming.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        1) Uribe is re-signing with the Dodgers. 2) Global warming is deceased! It is cold, windy and snowy outside. 3) For those of you who can”t get enough of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, there is a Christmas video on YouTube entitled “RIP Rob Ford (Rob Ford Got Run Over By A Reindeer)”.

      • Old Gator - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        Proudly: despite his pretense at being some kind of Feesh fan, Jimmy lives in Massachusetts someplace. He doesn’t root for the Beanbags because they’re no longer the kind of unsalvageable losers to whom he best relates, In his hapless worship of Scrooge McLoria his auschlander status makes it convenient for him to ignore the damage that bloodsucking parasite has inflicted on the finances of this community with his crooked stadium construction deals. You’ll also note that whereas he often appears to defend Scrooge’s decade of malfeasant owenership of the team, or to take mindless swipes at me – a backhanded sort of compliment – he never writes anything of substance about the team itself.

        As far as the latest objects of Feesh “interest,” neither player figures to change this woeful hodgepodge team’s chances to climb out of the third division. The Feesh are going to live and die by peetching this season, since even the protection Saltalamacchia can give the Iron Giant won’t yield enough run production to make an impact in the standings. With Tweeter blessedly gone to his damp reward with the Crew of the Minnow, you look at this lineup and wonder where the runs are going to come from. Aside from Salty and the Giant, you have to pray that Ozuna will return to his early callup form and that Yelich is going to have to have a blossoming year and find some pop. We know he can make contact now but everyone was wondering where his power is hiding. Maybe a half season under his belt will breed some confidence and he’ll take harder swings this coming year. Marisnick is a crapshoot, and probably needs some more seasoning at AAA.

        If the Feesh really want to make Casey McGhee the Orestes Destrade of 2014, not much we can do to stop them.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        Thanks for the update Gator.

      • Old Gator - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        De nada. Did I mention that I ordered a cracked meat sandwich at Caplansky’s?

        Oh hell, I must have….

        Global warming lives. You can’t appreciate it now, but when no glacier overruns Ontario within the next 100,000 years or so and Castor canadiensis remains the size of a small dog, you’ll see that I’m right.

      • gloccamorra - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        But Old Gator, have you forgotten about the other big splashes the Marlins have made? Rafael Furcal and Garrett Jones, WOO! Not the ’27 Yankees, but the hitting HAS to get better than last year. It can’t possibly get worse when it’s already 30th of 30 teams. I’m thinking 40-50 more runs scored, and 30-40 fewer runs allowed by that pitching, good for 72-75 wins! That might not beat out Toronto, but given AA’s history of trading young talent for over-30 guys with high contracts, it’s possible.

      • Old Gator - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Gloc: that’s why, in discussing Tweeter’s upload to Seattle, I noted that we finished last with him and we could finish last without him. Furcal is coming off TJ and whether or not his bat will be any significant improvement over Donovan Solano’s this coming season is, I think, a crapshoot. Even two years ago, if you will recall, I questioned the net result of the Feesh splurge before the season began, citing the team’s awful RSP stats and wondering who was going to drive in the tablesetters. Well, no one did. We’ve got the same problem now. Garret Jones is coming off a horrible year. Jones, being relied on for punch (or maybe “pop,” whose precise relationship to “punch” will be the subject of an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider next weenter), will be batting in a canyon now. I’d say his prior seasons’ average dinger docket should anticipate at least a 20% falloff.

        Even Saltalamacchia’s additional offense – and he’s the only acquisition so far that I’m confident will provide some – will have to be better OPS with more doubles and good RSP stats, again, given the sheer size of Macondo Banana Massacre Field’s power alleys. Frankly, I’m counting more on Marcell Ozuna maturing to provide power (and he does bring that amazing howitzer of an arm back to the outfield – death at second base!). Until we see if Yelich can develop a power stroke, he’s liable to be just another tablesetter dying on base.

    • yahmule - Dec 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Chelsea Baker is still too young, unfortunately.

      http://plantcityobserver.com/2013/07/11/knuckleball-princess-chelsea-baker/

  2. ditto65 - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Where do you leave the hole if you are playing two people at the same position?

    • ditto65 - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Odd assists, too: 5-5 putout; 5-5-6 DP, etc.

  3. genericcommenter - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Since both these guys sucked with the Yankees and were barely worth carrying on the roster as reserve players several years ago, I’m guessing either one will make a great starting third baseman for some team this season.

  4. dakotaandotter - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    so these are the names to the “Marlins looking to upgrade 3B” story. why don’t they sign Mike Lowell?

    • Old Gator - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Mike Lowell is enjoying his retirement. I saw him with someone I presume to be his wife at a restaurant in Coral Gables a few weeks back looking happy, fit and relaxed. I suspect he is hoping to become the baseball coach at his alma mater, Florida International University, eventually, and he shows up occasionally as a guest commenter on Feesh telecasts. Life is good.

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