So I update my blog after several weeks and, of course, a minute after I publish it some major news comes out. The first major move of the Hot Stove League has been made official by the Giants today to solve the 3rd base problem. The Giants traded minor league right-handed pitchers Kendrys Flores and Luis Castillo to the Miami Marlins for infielder Casey McGehee. In 2014 he hit .287 with a .355 on base percentage. He hit 29 doubles, 1 triple, and 4 home runs while batting in 76 runs in 160 games. He was second in the NL in singles and fourth in hits. Among NL third basemen, he ranked first in hits, RBI, double plays turned, and fielding percentage. He was also voted the 2014 NL Comeback Player of the Year after playing for a year in Japan.
On a personal note, Casey is 32 years old and grew up in Santa Cruz. Dianna will be happy to note that he’s also a Fresno State Bulldog. I would guess it will be a happy return to the Bay Area for him, and this might bode well for him wanting to stay here. Plus if he’s visiting family, I may run into him sometime!
I like this trade a lot. It seems like the standard type of move that Sabean would make – trade some prospects for someone with a solid credential who may have gone under the radar of others. I really like the fact that he played in all but 2 games last season. He’s got a solid batting average, he can walk when he needs to, and he’s a good fielder. That’s exactly what we need. And if you are wondering like I did about how to say his name, it’s pronounced “McGee.” Looking forward to seeing some interviews with him to get a feel for how he’ll fit into the clubhouse. Only drawback is that I know he spits – he logged two in the July 20th game against the Marlins last season. But if he comes through for us, I can handle a little spitting. Welcome to the team, Casey!
Will continue with the updates as I get them. Keep strengthening the team, Sabean. GO GIANTS!!