Casey McGehee May Be The Key

Casey McGehee May Be The Key

For as much e-ink that was spilled over the trade for A.J. Burnett, plus all of the well-deserved praise for the Andrew McCutchen extension, the most important off-season move for the Pirates may have been the trade for Casey McGehee.  McGehee was obtained for the fungible commodity of a reliever, namely Jose Veras.

McGehee had a down year in 2011 due to a thumb injury, but there may have been other issues on his mind, such as his son's medical condition.  Prior to McGehee's 2011 season (.223/.280/.346 - 626 OPS, 69 OPS+), McGehee had a 126 OPS+ in 2009 and a 114 OPS+ in 2010.  Although McGehee is scheduled to be the right-handed compliment of a platoon at 1B with Garrett Jones, he does not have extreme splits that warrants an arrangement.  His career OPS versus right-handed pitchers is 747, while his OPS versus left-handed pitchers is 743.

His acquistion from the Brewers indicated that the Pirates are not going to wait on Pedro Alvarez all year.  If Alvarez were to falter at the sta...

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