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Marlins are not shopping Casey McGehee, might sign him to multi-year contract extension

Jul 22, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

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Casey McGehee entered play on Tuesday evening with a batting average (.322) that is 54 points above his career mean (.268) and an RBI total (56) that ranks ninth in the National League. The 31-year-old third baseman — who spent the 2013 season in Japan — fits the mold of a sell-high candidate.

But it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be moved.

MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are “not shopping McGehee” as the July 31 trade deadline approaches and might consider offering him a contract extension “for a few more seasons.”

McGehee is arbitration-eligible in 2015, so there’s no rush to get a multi-year deal done this summer.

He agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million free agent contract with Miami in mid-December.

  1. whmiv21 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    I guess this makes sense. Even if they swing a trade for someone like, say, Will Middlebrooks, they could just shift Casey over to 1B. Even with the big year in batting average, his steep decline before he went overseas and the lack of power he’s displayed this year (2 home runs) will probably make him reasonably cheap.

    • jilljulias - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      I love this kind of story. Player left for dead, plays in Japan or Korea or wherever it was overseas, comes back with a new hitting approach and has the best season of his career. They don’t write them better in Hollywood…

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        He played here in Japan with the Tohoku Sendai based Rakuten, Hoshino kantoku the Eagles manager really pressed the right buttons on how he handled McGehee-san here… Not only he was a great athlete and ballplayer, he was also a great human being… Always helping at any way he can to help people in the community especially the ones near the damaged area just kilometers away from the stadium.

        The people of Sendai will always supports him no matter what team or what league he plays for… Even though he just stayed for one season, the wonderful things he have done will and always be everlasting…

        McGehee-san 版在!!

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:04 AM

        @Ayase Yano.

        As someone who is not quite a CS grad will NBC let you inbed an auto-translator or something?

        Asking for a friend…yeah a friend,I wish

      • renaado - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        @Yano… So you appreciate foreign ballplayers who played for your league then left, than to those of your fellow countrymen? That’s just biased…

  2. wisbadgfan - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    McGehee is a player that your pull for. Always plays hard and gives you a good nights work.

    Being a Brewer fan, we enjoyed having Casey play in Milwaukee.

    I am happy he got his career back on track in Japan, and pull for him to get a nice contract extension.

  3. pinkfloydprism - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    and then they will trade him once they lose a game.

  4. thehawg - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Best Marlins 3rd baseman since Mike Lowell.

  5. jimmyt - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    I don’t know much about him or the Fish but he has one heck of a great baseball name.

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