Yankees acquire Casey McGehee

Tuesday Trade Deadline Open Thread
Yankees will activate Joba in time for tonight's game
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The Yankees needed to add some infield depth following Alex Rodriguez‘s hand injury, and they did so by acquiring Casey McGehee from the Pirates in exchange for Chad Qualls before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Joel Sherman broke the news and reports that New York will receive $250k in the deal as well. McGehee will almost certainly take Ramiro Pena‘s roster spot.

A 29-year-old right-handed hitter, McGehee owns a career 100 wRC+ against left-handers (95 vs. RHP). The split is much more pronounced this year (119 vs. 67 wRC+), however. He has some power (career .159 ISO) and is basically league average in the strikeout (17.2%) and walk (7.7%) departments. The various defensive metrics says he’s about average at the hot corner and you can forget about speed on the bases. Not happening.

McGehee’s an upgrade over Pena and he gives the Yankees another right-handed bat. They could use him at third, Jayson Nix in left field, and Andruw Jones at DH against southpaws with Ichiro Suzuki glued to the bench. He’ll also provide some depth in the short-term as Mark Teixeira deals with his wrist issue. McGehee started to get exposed when the Brewers and Pirates tried playing him everyday, but he’s a useful role player and won’t see that much playing time with the Yankees. As an added bonus, he’s under team control as an arbitration-eligible player through 2014.

Qualls, 33, pitched to a 6.14 ERA (3.76 FIP) during his brief time in pinstripes. The Yankees acquired him from the Phillies earlier this month, but he was clearly going to be the odd man out once Joba Chamberlain was ready to come off the DL. The fact that Brian Cashman was able to turn him into a useful piece is a minor miracle, frankly. McGehee is not expected to join the team in time for tonight’s game.

Tuesday Trade Deadline Open Thread
Yankees will activate Joba in time for tonight's game
  • Cy Pettitte

    lol at the Pirates giving up anything for Chad Qualls. Great job Cashman, I’ll even volunteer to drive Qualls to the airport.

    • Slugger27

      at this time of day? not me.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Done deal according to Rosenthal. And brilliant move getting ANYTHING for Qualls.

  • sangreal

    Called it!

    Well, not the Qualls part…

  • Jimmy McNulty


  • DERP


    • Gonzo

      Should this be read in that wrestling voice?

  • Rich in NJ

    At least they didn’t trade for a pitcher.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Subject to the physical confirming that McGehee is alive, sounds like a great deal.

    • CUYanks

      An alive player is not necessary for Qualls, but an added bonus.

  • Thunder Road Runner

    Chad, we hardly knew ye.

    • vin

      We knew that he sucked.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    Guess that changes the Joba situation. Eppley optioning?

    • Uke S.

      No, Pena most likely sent back down for Joba, Qualls leaving opens a spot in the Bullpen.

      • MartinRanger

        And I infinitely prefer Nix as the UTIL to Pena.

        • Carl LaFong

          Pena’s a better shortstop than Nix.

          • Mike

            I don’t think the Yankees care much about defense from the shortstop position. They’ve had a below average one for the past 15 years

  • DM

    Good move

  • Brian Cashman

    This was our best case scenario for this trade deadline. Didn’t give up any of our prospects and didn’t alter the vibe of the team. McGehee is a serviceable spare part and watching Qualls get out of that 8th inning last night with two on and one out we realized we reached max value with him.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yes I like keeping prospects so don’t trade the top 5 prospects for an oft-injured player like Josh Johnson even though you’re extremely tempted.

    • mryankee

      Do you honestly believe this team can beat Anaheim?

  • MartinRanger

    Why on earth does Huntington want Qualls?

    Good move though. He was headed for DFA land with Joba returning and a McGehee/Chavez platoon sounds a lot better than a Chavez/Nix platoon. He’s still got some pop in his bat.

    • DM

      Cashman and Huntington have a good relationship.

      • Slugger27

        agreed, but this has nothing to do with martinranger’s post.

        • DM

          I’m implying that Huntington may not have wanted Qualls — but would take him for CM b/c Cashman wanted him.

    • Chip Off The Ol’Knoblauch

      Well McGehee was pretty much expendable with the Gaby Sanchez trade and they traded Brad Lincoln, so my guess would be instead of having McGehee sit on the bench they tried to see if they could catch lightning in a bottle with Qualls to fill the spot in their bullpen.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    great deal, Qualls was useless anyway and now we have some more depth at 3rd. Well done, Cash. If you trust UZR and that stuff (I don’t to some degree tbh) then he is slightly above average defender at 3rd.

  • The Real Greg

    Good move.

    I just hope Dempster doesn’t do what Cliff Lee did for them.

    • Brian Cashman

      He won’t.

      We spotted flaws in his delivery.

      – B. Cashman

      • JobaWockeeZ

        What did you see in Pineda?

        • josh0909

          The same thing everyone else saw. Low walk rate, high strike out rate at 22 years old. Pitchers get hurt, you make the gamble and sometimes you lose. Best case Pineda is a CY Young contender, worst case he gets hurt. Right now is the worst case, doesn’t mean he cant still become a valuable commodity, he’s only 23………………

          • BronxBombers98

            Dammit josh0909…. Rational thinking is not allowed when discussing the Pineda trade! All anybody is allowed to think is that Cashman wasted Montero because he should have been able to foresee this injury that randomly happened. Are you new here or something?

  • Elan

    After losing out on Dempster, this trade sucks, to be honest. Could be the least-riveting trade deadline deal the Yankees have ever done.

    • ProjectNeo

      We traded something we didn’t need for something we did, that’s a great trade in my book. Just because it’s not a big name player doesn’t mean it’s a bad deal. I for one am glad we didn’t give up a top prospect for a 4 or 5 starter.

    • Adam

      Three cheers as always for Cash…thank goodness you are our GM.

  • RetroRob

    Solid depth move with A-Rod out. .250/.344/.463/.807 against lefty pitchers this year, and all for Chad Qualls, who was about to be DFA’d.

    • jjyank

      Agreed. In a week or so, when Joba comes back, they would have gotten nothing. Now they have a useful bench player.

  • Klemy

    Glad Qualls is gone form the pen. His suck was rubbing off on everyone.

  • Ben

    amazing they got anything for Chad – assuming Pena goes down and Eppley goes down once Joba is brought back up after today.

  • jsbrendog

    i fucking love brian cashman. dude got qualls for a rubber band and then turned him into mcgahee (this is not saying he is good, it is saying he fills a neeed qualls didnt and cashman is the man)

    he is like the guy on craigslist who traded up from a paperclip to an old porsche

    • Brian Cashman

      Thank you. This was a little good faith on Neil’s part as well. He felt he owed us a little since AJ has exceeded expectations and we’re paying for that production this year.

    • Betty Lizard

      And trading up that paperclip—er, Qualls—is more than I dared hope for. Hooray!

      Actually the guy with the red paperclip wound up with a house, if memory serves (and it probably doesn’t). Does this mean we’ll eventually get a Headley or Upton or some such for Qualls, LOL?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Girardi sheds a tear by this trade.

  • sangreal

    Glad Qualls is gone but everyone making fun of the pirates for trading for him should remember that Cashman made the same mistake. The Yankees still owe a PTBNL or cash to the Phillies

    • jjyank

      And that PTBNL or cash likely won’t be as usefull as McGehee.

  • Klemy

    Glad Qualls is gone from the pen. His suck was rubbing off on everyone. Hopefully we got McGehee of 2010 the rest of the way.

  • Eddard

    This is Cashman’s big splash? He got beaten to the punch again by Nolan Ryan. Hopefully it’s not 2010 all over again.

    • Rainbow Pinstripes

      Why did we need to make a big splash? One of the best teams in baseball, easily, does not need to make a “big splash” simply because they are the Yankees.

      Settle down.

    • If you say so..

      Yeah, the Rangers really snuck this one by us. lol

    • SamVa

      haha I love this dude. You need to calm down bro. First place in division by 7 games and second best record in all of Baseball.. Let’s go find a bridge to jump off.

    • Rainbow Connection (futurely Dummies Playing w Balls and/or RI$P FTW)


    • Johnny O

      jon daniels is their GM

    • RetroRob

      Cashman wasn’t planning on making a “big splash” just to make you feel better.

    • Bunt Gardner

      From earlier today:

      Eddard says:
      July 31, 2012 at 11:32 am
      Dumpster would be a waste. He’s not a top flight starter. If we’re going to get a starter it has to be top flight or it’s not worth it. We have other needs as well-

      • gc

        Yeah. Eddard says stuff and then contradicts himself an hour later. He’s nutty like that. But amusing!

        • Wayne Tolleson

          Nice catch! So funny

      • Slugger27


      • jsbrendog

        maybe he’ll endup like the only other eddard ive ever known/read about

        wishful thinking.

        • Uke S.

          The other Eddard you’re referring to was a wonderful man! Don’t compare the 2 !

  • Robinson Tilapia

    You actually CAN get something for nothing in this world.

  • Leg-End

    We turned an imminent DFA into a 3B/1B hole plug, hope he kicks on a bit in a change of scenery and a bit of Kevin Long work and there is nothing not to like.

  • Brian S.

    Why did he start sucking after 2010?

  • Get Phelps Up

    How can you not like turning Chad Qualls who was on the verge of getting DFA’d into a useful piece. Pretty awesome, Cash.

  • The Real Greg

    And apparently the Pirates are also giving us cash. Unbelievable.

  • CUYanks

    Qualls is on the 25 man. Does that mean McGehee will take his place today or will they call someone up? If not, how soon can McGehee get to New York?

    • If you say so..

      Joba will be activated so I imagine that’s a wash. I expect Rapada (who I think can only be DA) or Epply to be sent down, which is the more likely result to open a spot on the 25 man roster. I don’t see Nix being sent down just yet, but that’s a possibility as well.

      • Brian S.


        • If you say so..

          You would be correct. Forgot about him at the moment.

    • Yank The Frank

      Pirates are in Chicago. He should be here for tomorrow’s game.

  • Matty Ice

    Nice platoon bat. His OBP and power numbers get a solid little boost against LHP, unlike against righties (.616 OPS vs. RHP, .807 OPS vs. LHP)

    • CUYanks

      That’s this year, but for his career his platoon advantage isn’t huge.

  • The Real Greg

    Also it looks like Joba is being activated today to replace Qualls. The waiting is apparently over.

    • Brian S.

      After the game I would imagine right? Pena will play tonight, get DFAd tonight or tomorrow for Joba.

      • The Real Greg

        No, it’s tonight. Cashman and Girardi have confirmed it.

        • CUYanks

          Then tomorrow someone (Pena?) is probably going down for McGehee.

          • Get Phelps Up

            Pena goes down for McGehee, Joba takes Qualls vacated 25-man spot.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Hopefully we’re not sent an aging Willis McGahee by mistake.

    • Klemy

      As a Bills fan, I will pray this is not the case!

      • FIPster Doofus

        As a fellow Bills fan, +1.

        • vin



          • Robinson Tilapia


        • RI$P FTW

          New York’s only team.

          • jsbrendog


          • TCMiller30

            And boom goes the dynamite

  • Brian S.

    119 wRC+ against lefties. Also was not hitting well at PNC park for whatever reason. Solid defense.

    • Bavarian Yankee

      PNC Park isn’t a good park for righty hitters, that may have pressed his numbers at least a bit.

      • Brian S.

        Someone should tell McCutchen.

        • Bavarian Yankee

          or Miggy in Comerica. Some dudes just hit and don’t care where they do it. I guess they’re called good players.

        • Get Phelps Up

          McCutchen is one of the bet players in baseball. He can hit anywhere.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Somebody should also tell McCutchen guys his size aren’t supposed to have power like that.

      • The Real Greg

        .243/.304/.431 with 7 home runs away

        .215/.289/.314 with 1 home run at home

  • Nick

    nice pickup

  • BK2ATL

    Cashman should get GM of the year now. First, dumping AJ. Then, using those savings for 3 serviceable vets. Then Ichiro. Now dumping Qualls for a serviceable corner IF???? And still flush with his top prospects.

    Not sure how anyone can’t like what he’s doing.

    • gc

      But but but……where’s the big splash??

      (so many comments one could make after that set-up…enjoy!)

      • BK2ATL

        Just splashed an ice cube in my soda….


        I couldn’t believe the Dempster rumors that had legs on this board and people were actually looking up his stats and stuff. As if….

        It was interesting to see Ninja inquiring about Brendan Ryan. Would’ve made Nunez expendable for….

  • crusadecat

    Cashman does it again! well done

  • The Real Greg

    So actually we might pick up Joba and McGehee on the same day.

    • If you say so..

      Yes, but I don’t expect Joba to pitch tonight for any reason. Maybe we’ll see him in action tomorrow. He just pitched on back to back days.

      • M1kew

        Joba was supposed to pitch in Trenton tonight therefore if needed there is no reason to avoid using him in NYC tonight.

  • Boomers Boy

    Joba gets activated today…

  • SamVa

    Is anyone else shaking their head right now in disbelief?

    I’m a big McGehee fan. I read we traded for him and got rid of Qualls.. I laughed. I read that they are giving us 250K in addition… And people say that Cashman isn’t good.. He just traded someone who was useless to us for someone who COULD not only be a filler, but could blossom into an asset… /Cashninja’d love.it.

    • DM

      I would shake my head in disbelief if it had been a trading partner other than Huntington and the Pirates.

    • If you say so..

      Just to put that in perspective. The Red Sox traded Lar’s Anderson, a player for years Red Sox fans wanted to package for Felix and they just landed a 28 year old AA pitcher for. If we ever have to question our GM again, please also revert to the insanity of how the Red Sox conduct business.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    So…Cashman turned Chad Qualls into a Right Handed 3B w/ some pop vs LHP…how does he keep doing things like this? Also, how does anybody take Chad Qualls and not just say “we expect you to pay his salary, but you don’t have him anymore. You’re welcome?”

  • DT

    Hell of a pick up for Qualls. Another right handed Bat off th bench is useful. Oh yea McGehee can play decent defense too

    • Brian S.

      At first base…I think he’s just average at third base. But that’s fine.

  • Brian S.


    • If you say so..

      Comment time stamped at 4:39, but the point is noted.

  • Yankeefan

    Joba > Qualls

    McGehee > Pena

  • Brian S.

    Half our roster is platoon players.

    • Slu

      That works out perfectly then!

      • Slugger27


      • Havok9120


    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Billy Martin is loving it.

    • JohnnyC

      Half our bullpen is OOGYs.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Another deadline, another year of the baseball equivelent of blue balls. Excellent move by Cashman, especially if it means what Mike said (McGehee at 3B, Nix in LF, Jones at DH) agaisnt RHP once Tex is healthy. But…le sigh…no Justin Upton, no Chase Headley…I understand I sound spoiled but I really wish one of them was in pinstripes right now.

    • If you say so..

      I’ve been betting big on Justin Upton to the Yanks in the offseason. It makes sense in so many ways. The Yanks have the players to land him also. Romine/Nunez/Campos get’s it done. His AAV over the next 3 years will be about $9.5mm which leaves them plenty of meat on the bone to resign Cano to his inevitable 6 for $120mm-$130mm contract. Granderson may be the unlucky one in this, just like Swisher, but Williams can take CF in 2014. He should be more than ready at that point.

      • Kosmo

        Upton might be a great pickup but not for the players you mentioned. I think it would be prudent on the part of NY to hang onto Romine. Nunez stock at this point is low and Campos has an ailing wing.

      • AP

        I don’t think that package is nearly enough to land Upton. Arizona is going to require at least one of Williams/Sanchez/Banuelos, if not two, just to kick the conversation off.

        • If you say so..

          I still think a lot of us are massively over valuing Upton. Don’t get me wrong, he’ll require a great return, but Nunez was favored by many teams before the season and not much has really changed with his potential. While you’re right it may require one of the prospects you mention, I think there is definitely some middle ground without the Yanks giving up two of the three.

  • Carl LaFong

    I hope they’re not rushing Joba, & while I’m fine w/picking up Casey McGehee while dumping Chad Qualls, I would have loved to have seen Laird or Mustelier (not that he’s off the d/l) given a shot here.

    Also, I really think they could just leave Ichiro in right field & play Swisher at 1b until Tex gets back, & I have no problem w/Ichiro playing against lefties while Tex is out. It wouldn’t surprise me if Ichiro’s #’s against lefties improve noticeably.

  • Wow

    Yuck at this lineup. Can’t really expect any production from the 5-9 hitters on most nights.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      I don’t get even with Tex out, they refuse to move Grandy from the two hole. He’s a god damned home run hitter, hit him where every home run hitter hits, 4th.

      • Kosmo

        granderson hits his occasional HR usually with the bases empty (19 solos)and strikes out a ton ( on pace to break his yankee record of 169) and usually disappears after the 3rd inning (.290ish hitter innings 1-3 and much less in innings 4-9)or so but why not bat him 4th ? Oh and he´s now hitting a robust .229 vs. LHP.

        • If you say so..

          Granderson hasn’t looked that great recently and I agree his homer production isn’t timely, mainly a byproduct of batting 2nd and not usually having runners on base. I think now is a good time to move him down to the 5th or 6th spot. It might be worth having Ichiro move to leadoff, Jeter #2, Cano #3, Tex #4 (when he returns in a few days) followed by Granderson and so on…

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            Good God. I’d rather have Granderson in the 2 hole till he’s fifty than Ichiro lead off for one game. I was thinking

  • AP

    Brackman DFA’d by Reds… sad story keeps getting sadder.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He was a huge project. Too bad. I actually liked his couple of innings as a Yankee.

  • Betty Lizard

    In honor of Qualls’ departure: players currently named Chad (2010 version):


    I feel ashamed–just a little bit–that I actually forgot about Chad Gaudin.

    • Adam

      Chad Curtis is on a very different list right now.

      • Betty Lizard

        Good grief, yes.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Good pickup, but was this the most underwhelming trade deadline ever or what?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Lots can happen during the waiver period, still.

      I *think* they addressed the Chavez caddy issue, while pulling the ridiculous act of utilizing a guy they picked up off the side of the road a couple of weeks ago as trade chip (and, actually, we forget they just did this with Danny Farqurar as well.)

      A better BUC would have been nice. They’re going to hope Joba and Phelps take the strain off some of the overused bullpen pieces.

      Other than this, don’t know what else to ask for. I wouldn’t have bitched if Dempster landed on their laps, but they didn’t need him. Freddy’s done fine as fill-in.

      • jjyank

        Agreed. In fact if the Yankees gave up much for Dempster, I would have bitched.

  • tyrone sharpton

    title should read “Yankees call up McGehee from AAA Pittsburgh.” Boy do these teams love trading with each other

    • AP

      I think both teams have benefitted from trading with each other over the past few years, so why not continue?

    • JMK

      Maybe you haven’t kept up with baseball this year. Pittsburgh is respectable in 2012.


    THis is a great uder the radar trade.. Seriously, we needed RH pop, and thats exactly what Mcghee offers.. Hes not so far off from a monster yr as a brewer.. Plus, we got rid of qualls.. I’ve been saying RH pop is what this team needs amongst a couple other parts, and McGhee is a solid additon, and even better, when u consider what we gave up to get him..

  • jjyank

    This is why I like Cashman. He has no problem making an under the radar trade or two to improve on the margins and doesn’t feel the need to spend big in prospects for a Dempster or someone else like him. He essentially turned nothing (sicne Qualls would have been DFA’d soon anyway) into a usefull piece to help fill the A-Rod void.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Don’t get me wrong, Qualls was terrible, and used in way to many high pressure situations in his short time here…but I kind of feel bad for the dude. He was probably a day away from being DFA’d twice in the same year and was traded twice within a month. That’s gotta be rough on anybody’s psyche.

    • Alkaline

      Yeah. I would prefer to be traded than DFA at least. He had to know on a team like the Yanks it was only a matter of time. I would like to see him go to Pitt for the year and stay a MLB pitcher.

      I think it’s awesome Ra’s did this.

  • JonS

    Can we call him Assy McGee?

    • jjyank

      I think the real question is what will Girardi call him?

      Casey-ey? McGehee-ey?

    • Betty Lizard

      Let’s hope we don’t have to . . . .

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    I can’t believe this thread signing the praises of Cashman.

    McGehee was about to be DFA’d after the Pirates traded for Gaby Sanchez just like the Yankees were about to DFA Qualls with Joba coming back.

    All Cashman did was trade one piece of crap for another, granted the piece of crap he got back may prove to be slightly more useful than the one he was about to release.

    Reading these comments, you’d think that he just traded for Elvis Andrus.

    • http://riveravenueblues.com marty l

      casey mcghee = harry bright (1963) :)

    • Betty Lizard

      Oh ye of little faith . . . .

      McGehee is a red paperclip (h/t jsbrendog) . . . . and will eventually be Justin Upton.

  • paul a

    We needed to get Dempster because Freddie Garcia scares the living hell out of me everytime he takes the mound. PLEASE………..Andy Petite heal quick !

  • DR

    Via MLBTR:

    “Two teams told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark that the Marlins thought they had traded Lee to the Yankees today (Twitter link). However, Lee wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause.”

    God I’m glad that didn’t happen.

    • MartinRanger

      Where would you play him? Sure as hell not in the outfield. And I’ll chance Jones running into a hotstreak over that mess.

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