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Miami Marlins reach 1-year deal with 3B Casey McGehee

Since trading Miguel Cabrera in 2007, the Marlins have trotted out five different players as their primary third baseman. Casey McGehee will make it six. McGehee, a 31-year-old free agent who spent last season in Japan following five years in the majors, has signed a 1-year contract with the Marlins. The Marlins had been in serious discussions with McGehee for days.

The deal is worth $1.1 million and includes bonus incentives.

McgeheeTMcGehee spent five seasons in the majors, primarily with the Milwaukee Brewers, before heading last season to Japan, where he hit .289 with 27 homers and 90 RBI in 137 games for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League.

McGehee [stats] enjoyed his best season in the majors in 2010 with the Brewers when he hit .285 with 23 homers and 104 RBI for Milwaukee. But he tailed off at the plate in subsequent years, and in 2012 hit only .217 with 9 homers while playing for the Pirates and Yankees.

The Marlins have been looking for a stopgap to play third until Colin Moran, their first-round pick in 2013, worked his way up to the majors.

The Marlins have been busy this offseason in trying to upgrade a lineup that ranked last in the majors in scoring. They have signed four new starting position players -- catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman Garrett Jones, second baseman Rafael Furcal and McGehee -- while trading away Logan Morrison and Justin Ruggiano for a back-end reliever (Carter Capps) and backup outfielder (Brian Bogusevic), respectively.

Third base has been a revolving door for the Marlins ever since the Cabrera trade. They have used Jorge Cantu (2008 and 2010), Emilio Bonifacio (2009), Greg Dobbs (2011), Hanley Ramirez (2012) and Placido Polanco (2013). And they haven't had anyone play as many as three straight seasons at third since the Mike Lowell era ended with his trade to the Boston Red Sox after the 2005 season.

To make room for McGehee on the 40-man roster, catcher Kyle Skipworth was designated for assignment.

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LORIA HATER

wow.....who... well that's that what a joke this orginization has become thank you loria i hope samson dosent think the marlins are making the playoffs next year roster because he must be on some real GOOD STUFF

Al-Kendall

Let's hope Bone can make him a better 3B than his past 2010/2011 stats indicate! Also, let's hope he gets into a good groove in spring training and provides enough pop to overcome the loss of Ruggiano against lefties.

richie

I hope Colin Moran has ice flowing through his veins because on several occasions I have seen his name listed when the Marlins are considering someone to play 3rd base as a stop gap measure until Colin Moran is ready. I have no doubt that Colin is good, but they are setting him up to be the big savior. Hope.

Regarding McGehee, don't know anything about him except that there must have been a reason to go to Japan and then come back to play for loria and the Marlins??? Hummm???

Marlin Fan

Again never building for the future , just CHEAP stop gap moves .

Lou

Kyle Skipworth designated for assignment!!!!!!!!! How is this possible? Don't the Marlins know it just takes a long time for catchers to hit--unless your last name is Posey or about 12 others. I know some of you track(stalk?????) comments on here so please return to last year when I said Skipworth would NEVER get a hit as a Major Leaguer--he was actually in the Bigs with the Marlins at the time. Now when they designate Real Meat O for assignment we will be able to assume they are somewhat serious.

Lou

Loria Hater, did you purposefully place that double entendre into your comment? Before I give you credit for brilliance, I wanted to confirm intent.

LORIA HATER

lou what do you think? brilliant isn't it?

Glags

Who was that crazy person that would come here to rant about Frisaro being a shill for the FO. Turns out Frisaro is kind of a dousche and overly sensitive.

Anyway, not surprisingly they actually went out looking for Stanton's protection in the bargain bin....again. These guys are too predictable.

Anyone concerned with Morans lack of production in the AFL?

Lou

Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did Skipworth get claimed???? I'm being facetious. Worst collection of young catchers in the game.

Juan Yanes

WONDERFUL for Marlins, now they make a decent team with the add of 3rd base Macghee; also they need a decent lefty reliever for late innings, they can make a trade to get this reliever. CONGRATULATIONS, my business will buy next season tickets for attend to Marlins Park for sure.

Eddie S

Mageehee should be platoon with Garrett Jones at first. Dietrich who hit 20 homers last year should be in Florida now to see whether he can play 3rd base. If he can the Marlins could get posibly 6 players to hit atleast 15 homers. Between Jones
and Magehee 1st Base, Dietrich at 3rd , Yelich in Left , Osuna in center, Stanton in right, and Salty behind the plate.
If the Marlins can pitch like they did last year THE MARLINS COULD BE PLAYOFF BOUND

Juan Yanes

To get playoff series the Marlins must win no less than 92 games in this season; the team now seem good, but need 2 more elements, # 1, A decent lefty reliever for late innings to prevent score runs and # 2. Mr. Redmond improvement 100% of his past performance. If Marlins accomplish both weak aspects then they can attend to post season series for sure, if not season will be frustrated again.

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