It was just three seasons ago that Casey McGehee produced 23 home runs and 104 RBI for the Milwaukee Brewers. In an off-season with very few reliable third base options, McGehee still could not find a major league job. Instead, he’s headed to the Rakutan Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League.
McGehee will join his 2012 Yankees teammate Andruw Jones with the Golden Eagles, though McGehee’s contract, reported as being worth $1.3 million, is a couple million bucks less than Jones will get.
After consecutive seasons posting an OPS above .800 in 2009 and 2010, McGehee has failed to crack .700 in either of the past two campaigns. McGehee couldn’t stick with the hitting starved Pirates in 2012, eventually being jettisoned to the Yankees and replaced by Gaby Sanchez, who had been toiling in Triple-A with the Marlins to that point.