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.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.