Casey McGehee had a strange trip back to the big leagues when he signed with the Marlins last year. It took him on a side tour to Japan, where he played along with former big leaguer Andruw Jones and current Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka.
His return to the Marlins this year is perhaps an even stranger trip.
During the most recent offseason, the Marlins made a deal to get Martin Prado from the Yankees. They felt it upgraded their hot corner both offensively and defensively. This made McGehee expendable. Shortly after, a deal with the Giants was struck and McGehee was off to the defending champs to take over in Pablo Sandoval‘s shadow. Things didn’t work out; McGehee was hitting .213 and was designated for assignment and eventually released.
Once he cleared waivers, McGehee got a call from a familiar place – his old one, the Marlins.
So what role is McGehee supposed to fill? He’s going to split some time between 1st and 3rd base, but is also being looked at to help provide leadership and rekindle the clubhouse culture that he was a part of last season. Manager/GM Dan Jennings admits as much.
This also may be more than a one year deal. “My biggest thing is, whether it’s this year or whenever it is, I’d love to be here to see this thing across the finish line, really be able to completely invest in what’s going on here.”
It’s hard to say where exactly McGehee will fit in and how much playing time he will be able to get, even in a season that has gone sideways a bit. That said, he will certainly help provide strong veteran leadership for a team trying to find a way to vault itself out of the cellar, despite a lot of promising talent on the roster.
Welcome back, Hits McGehee. Maybe he can have a second half run for the Fish like he did during last year’s first half.