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.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.