A-rod is out till mid-September with a broken hand, and Tex is suffering from a swollen wrist and the hope is that the cortisone shot he received yesterday will be enough for him to return on Friday.
McGehee was not the Yankees first choice was Padres Chase Headley but he drew a lot of interest from other teams so the price would have been high. And with the Yankees depleted farm system and attempt to cut, or at least not add to payroll, Headley was out of reach.
With the Pirates acquiring Marlins 1B Gaby Sanchez in the fire sale down in Miami made McGehee redundant, so dumping him cheaply was a no-brainer.
And Qualls was moments from being released by the Yankees to make room for reliever Joba Chamberlain who was activated yesterday.
Manager Joe Girardi’s spin on the McGehee pick-up was mind-numbing as CBSSports.com quoted him as saying, “This is a guy (McGehee) who’s put up big numbers in his career. We’re hoping he can help us.”
Well, I am not sure what Girardi is talking about but I presume he is referring to McGehee’s 2010 season, which was the best in his 5-year career.
Looking at McGehee’s career stats paints a picture that 2010 was a fluke. (stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)
|162 Game Avg.||162||551||62||143||29||2||18||85||1||47||104||0.260||231||18|
Please don’t think that McGehee will get even close to 104 RBIs and 23 HRs EVER!
From what I can see is that over his career McGehee has consistently struck out and pops-up too much.
One positive is McGehee’s career RISP (runners in scoring position) is .285, which is a situation that has destroyed the Yankees in 2012 so maybe he can help out here.
Overall obtaining McGehee was an easy brain-fart for GM Brian Cashman but he won’t be a game changer with the crap baseball the Yankees are playing lately.
Losing eight of their last 12 games is becoming extremely concerning as all the Bombers have to do is play .500 baseball, but now that has become a HUGE chore.
The Yankees miraculously still lead the AL East by 5.5 games but that number is dwindling fast.
The four-game losing streak the Yankees cannot seem to shake is starting to get to close to a collapse for comfort.
All I am hoping for is some baby steps here, and for now that is to stop the Orioles from sweeping the series this afternoon in the Bronx, as this losing thing is getting embarrassing.