There are few holes the Miami Marlins have to look to fill this offseason. Third base is one of the glaring holes that you can see just from looking at this Marlins team on paper. Ed Lucas or Greg Dobbs are not going to be the players to get the job done, even if manager Mike Redmond is planning on using a platoon system. The Marlins are actively trying to find a third baseman with names like Jose Uribe, Will Middlebrooks and David Freese being thrown out into the air as potential candidates. However, there is one player that could fly under the radar and potentially be a good fit for Miami.
At the end of the month, Casey McGehee is going to be a free agent after spending last year in the Japan Pacific League with potential big-name free agent Masahiro Tanaka. McGehee’s team, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles won the championship in the league last season. McGehee is a big, power-hitting third baseman. He hit .292/.376/.515 with the Golden Eagles last season while belting 28 home runs and 93 RBI in 144 games. McGehee is only 30-years-old, which makes him a prime candidate.
McGehee could possibly bring in some power to the Marlins lineup that the team desperately needs. He did not do so bad in the majors before he fizzled out. In his career, that spans four teams and 428 games, McGehee batted .257/.314/.414 with 61 home runs and 283 RBI. He could also come cheaper than Uribe and they would not have to trade away any prospect for him.
Also, if Miami is considering keeping top prospect Colin Moran down in the minors for a few more years, McGehee can provide great reassurance on the offensive side before the team determines that Moran is ready or not.