McGehee Trade: By The Numbers

When the trade deadline came and went yesterday the Yankees remained relatively quiet. However, the Yankees did fill one need with the under-the-radar acquisition of third basemen Casey McGehee from the Pittsburgh Pirates for reliever Chad Qualls.

McGehee, 29, fills the roll of a back-up infielder that can play both first and third base. McGehee comes in at the perfect time with Alex Rodriguez on the DL with a broken hand and Mark Teixeira hurting his wrist two games ago. McGehee brings crucial infield depth that the Yanks had lacked.

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McGehee, aside from playing both corner infield positions, also improves the Yankees with some power coming off the bench. Since 2009 when he first broke in as a starter with the Milwaukee Brewers, McGehee has hit 60 homers and has driven in 272 runs. Having a career year in 2010, McGehee hit 23 homeruns and drove in 104. This season in 92 games with the Pirates he is hitting .230 with 8 homers and 35 R.B.I.s. One statistic to keep an eye on with McGehee is his BABIP (Batting Average with Balls In Play), it is currently at .266. The Yankees would love to see that jump over .300 by the end of the season.

The other reason this trade made so much sense for the Yankees is because they gave up a player they were going to move off their roster no matter what. Chad Qualls, 33, was acquired a month ago from the Philadelphia Phillies and became expendable when it was evident that Joba Chamberlain was ready to rejoin the team. Qualls is also having one of his worst statistical seasons of his career thus far. In 38.2 innings, he has a 2-1 record with an E.R.A. of 4.89. Qualls, who is known for being a power pitcher, isn’t striking anyone out. His strike out per 9 ratio of 4.89 is the lowest of his entire major league career. So instead of demoting Qualls or simply just releasing him, Brian Cashman and the Yankee brass flipped an expendable player for a player that fills a big void.

Casey McGehee made his Yankee debut today playing first and hitting 7th against the Baltimore Orioles.

I was born in the heart of Manhattan and lived there for 7 years. I am a third generation Yankee fan. My grandfather was the definition of a die hard fan which carried over to my mom and now me. I'm currently a senior broadcast journalism major at Arizona State University. I'm going to go on and get my master's in sports management and will help run the Yankees in the future.

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  • dr_ron

    all season long, Yankess have seemed too good to be true..now, with A-Rod out till?; ditto for Pettitte…and Gardner done for season; ditto Rivera..and having to use Garcia as a regular starter : question is can they stagger into playoffs or will they fold?? 2011 Braves and Red Sox come to mind!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Spero/100000208592110 Frank Spero

    big loss Qualls he sucked i saw mcgee he wasn’t to bad i feel better with him at first instead of the laughing fool swisher as far as larid or what ever his name ias is concerned i’d rather see pin’a