McGehee agrees to $1.1 million deal with Marlins
With the addition of third baseman Casey McGehee, the Miami
Marlins have replaced half of their punchless 2013 lineup.
McGehee, a five-year major league veteran who played in Japan
last season, agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract Wednesday.
Miami earlier acquired catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman
Garrett Jones and second baseman Rafael Furcal to shake up an
offense that ranked last in the majors in runs and batting
”We needed to get more production offensively,” president of
baseball operations Mike Hill said. ”We still have some work to
do, but we’re very comfortable with the progress we’ve made this
Miami designated 2008 first-round pick Kyle Skipworth for
assignment. The catcher went hitless in three at-bats during a
brief stint with the Marlins in his major league debut this
Marlins third basemen totaled three homers and 44 RBIs in 2013,
worst in the majors in both categories. McGehee hit .292 with 28
homers in Japan last season.
”It was a great learning experience for me,” he said. ”I had
to rely on myself a lot more as far as what I was doing at the
plate. I started to realize the home runs showed up more when that
wasn’t the sole purpose of my at-bat. And being humbled a little
bit having to go over to Japan – all those things combined, I
re-found my confidence. Now I’m excited about coming back and
jump-starting my career over here.”
McGehee’s stint at third base for the Marlins might be brief.
They took University of North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran
with the sixth overall pick in the amateur draft, and he’s expected
to eventually take over the job.
”Moran definitely had an influence in our decision-making
process,” Hill said. ”We invested a lot in him. We didn’t want to
rush him, but there’s nothing we have seen that leads us not to
believe he’s going to be a productive player. When he’s ready to be
there, he’ll be there.”
In the meantime, the Marlins will count on the 31-year-old
McGehee, who has an average of .257 in five big league seasons. He
played for the Pirates and Yankees in 2012 and batted .217 with
nine homers in 114 games.
The Marlins will be his fifth major league team. In addition to
his base salary, he can earn $400,000 in performance bonuses:
$50,000 each for 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 525, 550 and 575 plate