Casey McGehee talked about needing to confer with his family about his future plans after being designated for assignment by the Giants, but the 32-year-old third baseman has decided to accept an assignment to Triple-A.
McGehee and his $4.8 million salary predictably cleared waivers, so he’ll head to the minors and try to convince the Giants he’s worth giving another chance later this season.
McGehee won the Comeback Player of the Year award last season, but he didn’t actually play all that well. He slugged just .357 with four homers and a .712 OPS in 160 games for the Marlins, grounded into a league-high 31 double plays, and rated poorly defensively. He was even worse than that for the Giants before the demotion, but expectations for McGehee should have been limited anyway.
For now San Francisco has turned third base over to 24-year-old Matt Duffy.
Some more fallout from the Marlins firing manager Mike Redmond and replacing him with general manager Dan Jennings: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that third base coach Brett Butler has been demoted after “confusion over signs” in recent games.
Lenny Harris has been named the new third base coach and Butler will apparently stay on Jennings’ staff as a baserunning/outfield coach.
Butler was added to Redmond’s staff last season and was presumed to be a candidate to replace him as manager before the Marlins made the controversial and oft-mocked decisision to move Jennings from the front office to the dugout.
Butler played 17 seasons in the majors and spent most of the past decade coaching and managing in the minors before joining the Marlins.
Miami has placed first baseman Michael Morse on the disabled list with a sprained right ring finger.
Morse hasn’t played since May 21, although it’s unclear how much of that was due to the finger injury and how much was simply the Marlins preferring to play rookie Justin Bour at first base.
Signed to a two-year, $16 million deal this offseason, Morse has hit just .211 with two homers and a .557 OPS in 37 games. Bour is far from a top prospect or really any kind of prospect at age 27, but he’s thrived early on in the majors after hitting .303 with 19 homers and an .874 OPS in 117 games at Triple-A.