Yesterday, the Yankees made a minor trade to help their third base situation. They acquired Casey McGehee from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for everyone’s least favorite reliever, Chad Qualls. This is the second time in the calender year that McGeehe has been traded; back in December, the Brewers shipped him to the Pirates in exchange for reliever Jose Veras.
McGehee, a right handed hitter, has a career .260/.316/.419/.735 line, good for a 97 OPS+. That all translates to a .317 wOBA and a 96 wRC+. From 2009-2010, he managed a 117 OPS+ with 39 HR in 136 games (1064 PA); however, he’s hit just .226/.286/.356/.642–75 OPS+–since the beginning of 2011. But, as a righty hitter, it’s unlikely that McGehee will see much action against righty pitchers. This year, he’s got a .348 wOBA/119 wRC+ against lefty pitchers (.326/100 for his career).
McGehee’s acquisition means the end of another Rakin’ Ramiro Pena era in Yankee baseball. Now we’ll see McGehee get the lion’s share of the playing time at third, with Jayson Nix shifting to the utility role.… Click here to read the rest