Found December 13, 2011 on Detroit Sports 360:

29 year old C.McGehee could be on trade market with Ramirez signing

With the recent signing of 3B free agent Aramis Ramirez going to the Milwaukee Brewers for 3 years $36M (according to,  the Brewers now former 3B Casey McGehee could be on the trading soon. This could be a blessing in disguise for Detroit Tigers fans that wanted us to sign Ramirez, if we can jump on the chance to trade for McGehee. If the Tigers spent that kind of money on a player, he would have to really produce to justify the money spent. I am not saying Ramirez wouldn’t do so, but it’s a fairly big risk per cost ratio due to his injury concerns. However if we can get McGehee for a good price on the trade market (if he is even available), we could fill a hole with a fairly young player that has potential, for a much cheaper price tag. Which is a much more reasonable risk for the Tigers considering they are already at the $100M mark in team salary. Am I saying that McGehee is as good as Ramirez..NO, but for the Tigers a 29 year old McGehee that makes $470,000 “ish”, could make more sense then a $12M a year 32 year old Ramirez.

I have heard some rumors that the Tigers are just biding time at 3B until minor league star Nick Castellanos is ready to play in the majors. If this is true this works out great since McGehee is up for arbitration and the Tigers could keep him for only a year for a cheap price if he doesn’t work out. This was an option that was not going to happen if they signed Ramirez and could be one of the deciding factors in not doing so. So lets examine Casey’s numbers and see what we could be getting…

In his first full season (2009) McGehee had a .301 avg. with 16 HR’s and 66 RBI’s in 116 games for the Brewers and finished 5th in the N.L Rookie of the Year voting. He continued to get better in his 2nd year (2010) hitting .283 with 23 HR’s and 104 RBI’s in 157 games for the Brew Crew. Last year was a different story as he dropped to an .223 avg. in 155 games and seen his power numbers go down to 13 HR’s and only 67 RBI’s. The only good thing you can say about that is this last year made his trade value go down the tubes for the Brewers. Which is bad for them but good for the Tigers if they become interested in trading for him.

If we can give up an average minor league player or an infamous “player to be named later” to the Brewers, I would consider looking into it. The question I would have is.. “What  McGehee would we be getting”? The first 2 years version of him hitting for power and average and finished 5th in rookie voting, or last years version when he put up Inge type trash numbers. Not as bad as Inge of course, but close and that scares me. With almost no one else out there in the 2012 free agent market for third baseman left to sign, and Brandon Inge currently being our opening day starter, I don’t see the harm in at least trying.

The Tigers could choose to go a different route and maybe go after a different player in a trade, like Martin Prado or Maicer Izturis. After looking at the 3B that are available in free agency, I would look to the trade market as well.

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