The San Francisco Giants are still experiencing a severe void left by former all-star third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Less than two months into the regular season they have already decided to make another change at the hot corner. Third baseman Casey McGehee has been designated for assignment by the Giants, per reports. The club has ten days to either trade him or release him; otherwise, he will sent down to Triple-A.
McGehee was acquired in a December trade with the Miami Marlins to replace Sandoval. The Giants had come up short in their bid to retain Sandoval and badly needed a replacement to stabilize their lineup. They were hoping McGehee could help fill the void left by Sandoval. The veteran third baseman experienced a solid 2014 campaign with the Marlins as he batted clean-up behind slugger Giancarlo Stanton and posted a .287/.355/.357 batting line to go with 76 RBIs on the year. He became the odd man out when the Marlins brought in third baseman Martin Prado in a previous trade with the New York Yankees and quickly found himself shipped to the defending 2014 World Series Champions.
His time with the Giants has been nothing short of a disappointment, as he has only managed a .200/.254/.282 slash line on the year. The Giants hoped dropping him further in the lineup would help solve his problems but so far little has changed. Despite it still being early in the year, the Giants have seen enough out of the third baseman to determine that he either needs time down in the minors to straighten himself out or is not the right fit for their ballclub. His spot will be taken over by Matt Duffy. Through only 31 games, Duffy has outproduced McGehee by a large margin as he has hit .299/.330/.402 with 19 RBIs in the early season. Duffy does not have a tremendous amount of playing experience in the bigs and it remains to be seen whether he can maintain a consistent production at the plate for the Giants. Should he scuffle as well and McGehee does not accept an assignment to the minors, the Giants will most likely have to look for a third baseman outside the organization on the trade market.
Written by: Daniel Sherriff @dsurbigapp