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To replace Pablo Sandoval, the Giants acquired Casey McGehee from the Marlins in exchange for prospects Luis Castillo and Kendry Flores.
After batting .200 and hitting into a league-high 12 double plays through 44 games, McGehee was designated for assignment on Sunday morning.
"I was a little bit surprised by the timing of it because it's indeed early," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow told KNBR 680-AM on Tuesday morning. "There was a certain amount of money, a large amount of money, that was invested in him getting a chance to be a Giant. But they needed 13 pitchers and they had to make a move, and they were not happy with his production."
In February, the Giants and McGehee avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.8 million.
McGehee, a Santa Cruz native who attended Soquel High School, was looking forward to playing for his hometown team.
"It's unfortunate because he's really an incredibly good guy, and we all have realized that," Krukow explained. "The massive amount of pressure he put on himself because he's from this area, and he rooted for this team as a kid, was just overwhelming. And everybody tried to take that pressure off of him and it just wasn't something he could do. He wanted to do so well, so badly, to a degree it became his worst enemy."
At this point, Matt Duffy is the Giants' new everyday third baseman, something the 24-year old definitely earned.
Over 114 plate appearances, he's batting .302 with two home runs and 20 RBI.
“I just want Duffy to know he has nothing to feel bad about," McGehee graciously said to reporters on Sunday morning after learning about his demotion. "He’s doing his job, he’s doing it well, and you know, the rest of it I’ll leave between us. But basically I wanted to make sure that he knew he has absolutely nothing to feel bad about.
“He should be proud that he forced the issue to the point where you’ve got to get him on the field. That’s what his job is. That’s what he’s supposed to do.”
Despite being DFA'd, McGehee could wind up returning to the Giants. But in order for that to happen, he would have to accept a spot with Triple-A Sacramento.
"I still think we could see him," Krukow declared. "If he goes out for the 10-day period and nobody wants to pick him up, and it's a chance because of the amount of salary they would have to take, then it's a possibility that he can come back into the organization.
"And then go down (to Triple-A) and just get relaxed. There's a lot of baseball left in Casey McGehee. I just hope it does work out that way so he does have a chance to come back and prove to all the people in the Bay Area that he is a good player, that he is the player that he was last year when he was the Comeback Player of the Year."