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.
In today’s column for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are “shopping the hell” out of first baseman Carlos Santana, according to a rival executive. Doing so would allow the Phillies to move Rhys Hoskins back to first base and open up a spot in the outfield for free agent Bryce Harper, with whom the Phillies have been commonly connected.
Santana, 32, is coming off of a mediocre season in which he hit .229/.352/.414 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI in 679 plate appearances. His 1.7 WAR, per Baseball Reference, was his lowest output since 2015. He has $35 million remaining on his contract. The Phillies would presumably eat a significant portion of that $35 million in order to make a trade work.
If the Phillies can’t move Santana but still end up signing Harper, Santana could share third base with Maikel Franco and first with Hoskins. Right now, the Phillies have a glut of outfielders with Hoskins, Odúbel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Hoskins rated among the worst outfielders defensively in 2018, so moving him back to first base is likely one of the Phillies’ bigger priorities.