Casey McGehee accepts Giants’ demotion to Triple-A

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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.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: