Quick Flash: Giants Pick Up McGehee at Third

New Giants 3B Casey McGehee, late of the Marlins

New Giants 3B Casey McGehee, late of the Marlins

The Giants last night signed the Miami Marlins’ Casey McGehee to fill the gaping hole at third left when Pablo Sandoval was traded to the Boston Red Sox. McGeehee had been the subject of a lot of speculation about the Giants’ off-season maneuvering. From the beginning, he was viewed as a top prospect at the hot corner.

The Giants traded two minor league pitching prospects to the Marlins.

The 32-year-old McGehee won NL Comeback Player of the Year honors after hitting .287 with 29 doubles, four home runs and 76 RBIs for Miami following a season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. He became expendable when the Marlins picked up Marin Prado from the Yankees. McGehee was easily the best third-sacker available via trade or free agency as the dust settled this week.

The Giants now have only a hole in left field to fill and may want to bolster their pitching staff, though prospects for that are a bit dimmer after the Romo and Peavy signings this week.

Two Up-and-Coming Righties Traded

The Giants sent two of their better pitching prospects — right-handers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo — to the Marlins in the deal. Flores went 4-6 with a 4.09 ERA in 20 starts with High-A San Jose in 2014. Castillo, 22, posted a 2-2 record and 3.07 ERA with 10 saves in 48 relief outings with Low-A Augusta. Both will start their Marlin careers in the minors.

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