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 7...
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