Casey McGehee returns to Marlins after being cut by Giants

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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.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.