McGehee elects free agency; Yankees return Meyers to Nationals

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Casey McGehee has elected free agency, the Yankees announced. I guess the team outrighted him off the 40-man roster at some point and he refused the minor league assignment. The 30-year-old infielder was acquired from the Pirates at the trade deadline and hit .151/.220/.264 in just 59 plate appearances with the Yankees. He was buried behind Steve Pearce for a while and was left off both the ALDS and ALCS rosters. McGehee was a prime non-tender candidate and this gets him off the roster a little sooner.

In other news, the Yankees also announced that they’ve returned Rule 5 Draft pick Brad Meyers to the Nationals. The 27-year-old right-hander didn’t pitch at all this year after hurting his shoulder during an offseason workout. Left-hander Cesar Cabral, the team’s other Rule 5 Draft pick, is still on the roster. He’s a special case as a two-time Rule 5 guy and could be retained long-term. The 23-year-old pitched well in Spring Training and might have beaten Clay Rapada out for the second lefty reliever’s job had he not fractured his elbow near the end of camp. The Yankees currently have 12 open spots on their 40-man roster, but both Cabral and Michael Pineda still need to be activated off the 60-day. So it’s really ten open spots.

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  • Starring MannyGeee as EddardWorld

    Its a shame that Brian Cashman and Co would allow a guy like McGehee walk away. He’s a hard nosed player that isn’t always thinking the long ball, unlike the rest of these Left Handed Hairy Monsters on this roster. McGehee is a player that would have made his name known if Girardi hadn’t been so obtuse as to hide him behind a guy like Steve Pearce. What they should have done was trade A Rod to the Nippon Ham Fighters (eating his whole salary, of course) and started McGehee & Nunez as a platoon at 3rd in 2013.

    Shame on you, Brian Cashman. Shame on you indeed.

    • 0 fur is murder

      Actually not the worst idea I’ve heard today…

    • Presentinf jjyank as The Venerable stuart a

      …they could have at least thrown him a parade….or given him a raise…

      …mcgehee at least wouldnt be so punch and judy…


      • Presenting jjyank as The Venerable stuart a

        Damn it, I should have proof read my own handle…

        • YanksFanInBeantown’s Turn

          keeps it more realistic.

    • YanksFanInBeantown’s Turn

      C’mon MannyGeee. The man’s name is SAM Pearce. And Cash gets a pass on this one considering that just days earlier he made the Ichiro Suzuki Trade, AKA the best trade he’s ever made.

    • Robinson Tilapia (We go hard)

      Who the fuck is the STEVE Pearce you speak of, fauxddard?

  • 0 fur is murder

    There goes all the talent, heart, grit and any chance to contend in 2013. This is a sad day.

  • stuart a

    alot of changes coming in Yankee land. I like it.

    Let SOriano go…close by committee….

    • Get Phelps Up

      mcgehee didn’t have enough ribs…..

    • Robinson Tilapia (We go hard)

      Committee = Mariano Rivera

      • Steve (different one)

        Is the Holy Trinity a committee?

  • MannyGeee

    OK, back to being me. I never understood the trade for McGehee and the subsequent acquisition of Pearce, and the furthermore blackballing of McGehee. It was a weird series of events. They both seemed ‘meh’, although I liked McGehee’s offensive potential better than Pearce’s utilitizm….

    And furthermore, they both seemed a duplication of that Jayson Nix offered. Just a weird situation.

    • Robinson Tilapia (We go hard)

      I didn’t mind it too much, being both that all these guys were completely disposable and rosters were at 40. No one got terribly screwed here, and some Single-A guys hopefully got treated to some nice dinners for a few days.

  • Billy

    I was in Tampa and watched Meyeres relieve Pettitte in Andy’s first game back. Meyers gave up eight runs and never saw the mound again. Probably a good thing.

  • Fernando

    Who cares, McGehee was a reclamation project. He didn’t work out and the and the team won’t miss him.