Casey McGehee dropped by the Giants for the second time this year

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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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.