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First Pitch: Off-Season Additions Haven’t Been That Bad Lately

First Pitch: Off-Season Additions Haven’t Been That Bad Lately

I was going to talk about some of the free agent signings and update their stats. I was going to mention how Casey McGehee has shown occasional value with his bat lately, how Clint Barmes continues to struggle, and how Rod Barajas has been doing about what was expected out of him. But somewhere in the process of looking at the numbers my opinions changed on those three guys.

First of all, McGehee hasn't shown occasional value. He's been very consistent with his bat this month. McGehee is hitting for a .292/.358/.514 line in the month of June, which doesn't include today's game. That's after he had a .190 average and a .531 OPS through May, mostly due to a bad month of May. He had a .710 OPS in April, and had that horrible .339 OPS in May, so we can't assume this is legit. But for now it definitely kills any talk of bringing up Jeff Clement to replace McGehee in the lineup.

Barajas has been about expected, with a low average, low on-base percentage, some power, and an OPS near .700. O...

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