The Tokyo Yomiuri Giants was the 2nd place of the Central League in 2016 season, so they are reinforcing the players in off season. At first, the Giants contracted with Masahiko Morifuku and Shun Yamaguchi of the free agent. Morifuku signed the contract with the Giants of 2 year and 400 million yen total. And Yamaguchi signed the contract with the Giants of 3 year and 700 million yen total. So the press conference for joining was held in December 5. Morifuku’s uniform number is 13, Yamaguchi’s uniform number is 42.
In addition, the Giants announced the contract with Casey McGehee in December 4. McGehee signed the contract with the Giants of 1 year and his annual salary is 1.7 million dollars. His uniform number is 33. Casey McGehee ’s biography is that he’s the age of 34, and he was born at the state of California, the United States of America. He was selected 283th overall by the Chicago Cubs in the 2003 MLB draft. McGehee debuted in the Major League Baseball in 2008 season, his stats was 167. average and 5 RBIs. In 2009, he transfered to the Milwaukee Brewers and became a central player. His stats was 301. average. 16 home runs and 36 RBIs in this year. McGehee played an active part the following year, his stats was 285. average. 23 home runs and 104 RBIs.
But in 2011 season, he reduced his stats and transferred to the Pittsburgh Pirates off the season. Eventually he played in the Pirates and the New York Yankees in 2012 season. Then, he transferred to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan professional baseball. McGehee played with Andruw Jones in 2013 season, his stats was 292. average. 28 home runs and 93 RBIs. So he contributed to winning Japan series of the Eagles first time. After that he returned to MLB again and contracted with the Florida Marlins in 2014 season. His stats was good, it was 287. average. 4 home runs and 76 RBIs. So he won the Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award. However, he played in the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers for the following two years, but could not get good grades.
His son has congenital brain injury, so he went back to United States for his son’s treatment in 2013 off season. Why did he sign a contract with the Japanese team again? That is because he will get a salary. His annual salary trend after 2012 season is as follows.
■2012: 2.35 million dollars（New York Yankees）
■2013: 1.3 million dollars（Tohoku Rakuten Eagles）
■2014: 1.1 million dollars（Florida Marlins）
■2015: 4.8 million dollars（San Francisco Giants）
■2016: 0.5 million dollars（Detroit Tigers）
■2017: 1.7 million dollars（Tokyo Giants）
McGehee is 34 years old, so he can not have a high salary at MLB. But in Japan, he can get a good salary after four years. The Tokyo Giants also sometimes demote him to the minor league, so it seems that the Giants has added up the salary. In the Giants’s first baseman and third baseman, there are the regular players of Shinnosuke Abe and Shuichi Murata. They are the same positions as McGehee, so McGehee will be a supporter at first. The Giants need his batting and solid defense in a long season.
Then, the Giants negotiate with the free agent Daikan Yoh (Dai-kang Yang) of the Hokkaido Nipponham Fighters. The Giants presented the contract of 3 years and 1 billion yen total to Dai Kang Yang. Dai-Kang Yang is positive to join and the negotiation is strict. In 2016 season, the Giants had no regular players at the center fielder. So at first, the Giants was aiming for a contract with Yohei Oshima of the Chunichi Dragons. But Oshima was not declaring free agency, he contracted with the Dragons of 3 years. At second, the Giants aimed for Shogo Akiyama of the Seibu Lions who will be a free agent next year. But Akiyama also contracted with the Lions of 3 years. Therefore, the Giants want a contract with Daikan Yoh.
This youtube’s video is a home run of Casey McGehee in 2013 season. He smashed a come-from-behind three-run homer.