Originally posted on Where Is Andy Van Slyke  |  Last updated 12/13/11
Casey McGehee is a Brewer. We have always hated Casey McGehee. Casey McGehee is a Pirate. We have always loved Casey McGehee. When the Pirates picked up Casey McGehee last night, my initial instinct was to remember that how awful he was in 2011 and how overrated I thought he was in 2010. Being overrated doesn't mean that a player isn't useful, of course (see: Neil Walker), which is something that I have to remind myself pretty regularly. The second that I remembered that, I stopped asking why the Pirates would want McGehee -- it's obvious why they'd want a guy that was a 3-win player in 2010 in exchange for a reliever they were otherwise going to non-tender -- and shifted to what the Pirates might be seeing in a guy that was just as bad as Pedro Alvarez at the plate last year. Most Twitter conversation (mostly between James and Ed) last night centered on his very low BABIP in 2011 (.249 vs. .330 and .306 in 2009 and 2010, respectively) and his low HR/FB rate (8.6% vs. 13.6% and 12.5...
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