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Casey McGehee returns from Japan, signs with Marlins

Dec 18, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

Casey McGehee AP

After a year spent in Japan veteran third baseman/first baseman Casey McGehee is headed back to America to sign with the Marlins, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

McGehee took a $1.5 million deal in Japan following back-to-back terrible seasons in the majors and helped the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to the league championship by hitting .289 with 27 homers in a lineup that also included Andruw Jones.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that McGehee’s deal with the Marlins is worth $1.1 million plus incentives.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Whelp, I guess that’s the new Feesh third baseman. I guess there are still some folks out there who know how to pray. I guess he is a third baseman after all. Having traded Tweeter to the Crew of the Minnow and Justin Ruggiano to…uh…wherever, Scrooge McLoria needed someone to leave runners at second and third. And no doubt McGhee will also be platooned late innings in center field or some such place, since he still appears to have both legs.

    I think it’s amazing how they can constantly come up with these inexpensive washouts, don’t you?

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Relax, he is most likely going to be in a platoon with Dietrich who I think showed some potential last year and room for growth with the other kids. Plus McGehee is a stop gap until. Moran is ready, which if he puts up the kind of numbers that Yelich did to start the year in the minors, he may be more major league ready than originally thought.

      But hey, you never miss an opportunity to crucify the ownership over everything, good or bad. So whatever

      • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        Well, this will be waaaayyyyy over your imploded ignorant head but there’s a medieval aphorism that “Jesus went to the rood like a bridegroom to his bride.” Every cheapskate move Scrooge McLoria makes seems calculated to get himself crucified. Notice how he sat in the shadows in the back of the room and didn’t participate in the Saltalamacchia press conference? Know why he did that? Because some P/R agent or other whispered to him that everyone in Macondo hates his guts and he’d be better orf staying out of sight. Of course, that’s all my fault, right?

        Still, it is refreshing to see you making an attempt ackcherley to talk about the constitution of the team instead of just whining about how unfair everyone is to poor misunderstood Scrooge McLoria. I don’t know why you think they’re going to play Dietrich at third or first given that he’s primarily a middle infielder – or even that Scrooge is going to let him out of snit purgatory next season rather than trading him at the first opportunity – but at least you show evidence of thinking through the possible lineup.

  2. davidbrentfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    “McGehee took a $1.5 million deal in Japan following back-to-back terrible seasons in the majors and helped the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to the league championship by hitting .289 with 27 homers”

    Even further proof that Japanese baseball is far easier than MLB.

    • tuberippin - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Meh. McGehee was useful for a short period in Milwaukee (let’s say 2009-2011) and in 2010 he posted similar stats (.287 average with 23 HRs and 104 RBIs, 114 OPS+). That’s not to say he’s much of an upgrade (if he’s an upgrade at all) over Placido Polanco, but just to say that it’s not as though McGehee had never posted stats like that in the majors.

  3. glennsyank13 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    “hitting .289 with 27 homers in a lineup that also included Andruw Jones.”

    And people claim the Japanese league is between MLB and AAA? Perhaps between A and rookie ball…..

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      I’ve heard it’s somewhere between AA and AAA.

      • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        I’ve heard the same thing about the Feesh. Welcome home, McGhee.

  4. nsstlfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I think I would have stayed in Japan. I don’t know why FA sign with the Fish. They have to know they are going to be traded before their contracts up.

    • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Saltalamacchia was cashing in his chips and coming home. He’s from the area, lives here in the orfseason, and he’s got his ring. Why not? He also gets to handle Eovaldi, Turner, Alvarez and El Keed – there’s no doubt that he’s gonna catch some classics receiving those kids. As far as guys like McGhee and the other washouts and comebackers like Jones, if they do well on their short term, incentive-laden contracts they play their way out of here. One year of working for a slimebag is a small price to pay for a shot at resuscitating your career.

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