The Rakuten Eagles offense took a hit today with word that Casey McGehee signed a one-year deal with the Miami Marlins.
From MLB.com's Joey Nowak:
... The 31-year-old infielder spent the 2013 season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, and he helped lead the club to the Japan Series Championship in its ninth season. McGehee appeared in all 144 regular-season games -- he surmised 125-130 of them were at third base -- batting .292 with 28 home runs, 30 doubles and 93 RBIs. In 11 postseason games, he hit .289 with a home run and two RBIs.
"The whole time that I was going through this process, I think in the back of my mind I was really hoping to get a chance back in the big leagues," McGehee said on Wednesday. "I wasn't going to take just any situation; I had to feel like it was going to be a good fit for myself and for the organization as well. The situation I found myself in, I couldn't have asked for a better one."
... "Even before he went to Japan, the feedback we had gotten is just a tremendous teammate and a leader of men on clubs," said Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill. "Wherever he's been, he's been respected, and we felt like bringing that type of person and player on our club ... is just consistent with what we've been trying to do this offseason in trying to upgrade our talent on the field."
Source: MLB.com 12/18/2013
And from Santa Cruz Sentinel's Jim Seimas:
... McGehee - a 31-year-old third baseman out of Soquel High who has played five seasons in the majors - agreed to join the Miami Marlins on Wednesday after passing his physical a day earlier. His one-year deal is worth a base $1.1 million, plus $400,000 in incentives.
... "I was able to speak with the team in Japan last night," McGehee said. "That was the hard part for me because I really did enjoy my time there, I'm going to miss it. ... But when I signed with them, the best-case scenario was I have a good year and come back. So I couldn't be more happy."
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel 12/18/2013
On a side note: as a Rakuten fan, it is sad to see him leave, but I wish him the best of luck with his new team.