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.
Casey McGehee being dropped from the 40-man roster and demoted to Triple-A lasted all of two weeks, as the Giants have recalled the 32-year-old third baseman from the minors.
McGehee hit well at Triple-A, going 15-for-42 (.357) with two homers and three doubles in 10 games, but he was horrendous in 35 games for the Giants on a $4.8 million salary and has hit a combined .245 with a .657 OPS in 464 games since 2011 while also grounding into double plays at an extremely high rate.
Right-hander Jean Machi going on the disabled list with a strained groin is what opened up a roster spot for McGehee’s quick return.
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.