Casey McGehee elects for free agency

It seemed likely that the Yankees would non-tender Casey McGehee at some point this offseason, but now they won’t have to as the corner infielder has elected for free agency rather than accept a minor league assignment.

McGehee was acquired at the deadline in a trade with the Pirates for reliever Chad Qualls. He was brought in to hit lefty pitching, but quickly fell out of favor as the Yankees routinely turned to Andruw Jones, Steve Pearce, and Jayson Nix over him. He was then left off the playoff rosters. It would have been a bad trade had the Yankees not been planning on dumping Qualls anyway.

McGehee hit just .151/.220/.264 in 18 games with the Yankees. He hit only slightly better against lefties, but was an automatic out against righties.

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