Dee Gordon sat out the All-Star game with a dislocated left thumb suffered Saturday, but the Marlins insisted he wouldn’t need a disabled list stint and could return as soon as the second series of the second half.
Today they placed the speedy second baseman on the disabled list with a dislocated left thumb. He’s eligible to return on July 27 after hitting .338 with 33 steals and a .772 OPS in the first half.
Miami is apparently planning to shift Martin Prado to second base and use Casey McGehee at third base after grabbing him off the scrap heap from the Giants.
Third baseman Casey McGehee, who was let go by the Giants last week, has agreed to a deal with the Marlins according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
McGehee played for the Marlins last season and was named NL Comeback Player of the Year, which got him a $4.8 million deal with the Giants that San Francisco immediately regretted. But here’s the thing: He wasn’t actually much good last season, award or no.
McGehee posted a modest .712 OPS with four homers in 160 games and erased much of that offensive value by grounding into a league-high 31 double plays. He was even worse for the Giants this year, hitting .213 with a .575 OPS and league-high 15 double plays in 49 games.
In mid-May the Giants demoted veteran third baseman Casey McGehee to Triple-A only to call him back up two weeks later. And now they’ve dropped McGehee again, designating him for assignment after deciding they don’t even want the 32-year-old around in a bench role playing behind new starting third baseman Matt Duffy.
McGehee has been terrible all season, hitting .213 with a .575 OPS in 49 games, and he was plenty bad last year while posting a .712 OPS for the Marlins. Even those underwhelming numbers actually overstate McGehee’s value offensively, because he’s grounded into an MLB-leading 46 double plays since 2014.
I suppose San Francisco deserves some credit for cutting bait on McGehee, but the Giants are also six months removed from trading for him and giving him a $4.8 million contract for this season. Duffy is playing well since replacing McGehee in the lineup, however, so the Giants can sweep it under the rug–or under one of their World Series trophies–and move forward.