Yeah, I miss Casey MaGahee's ground outs to the left side already.
Gaby Sanchez v. Casey McGehee is basically a wash with less defensively flexibility.
The only reason that I can think of is that Sanchez has a history of crushing LHP in a platoon situation. And the FO really thinks that the new ballpark and issues with Ozzie Guillen were the contributing factors to Gaby's rapid decline.
Sanchez v. LHP in back-to-back 19 HR seasons with Marlins. 2011 - 5 HRs, .295 BA, .901 OPS2010 - 6 HRs, .324 BA, .924 OPS
This year, McGehee has 4 HRs and .820 OPS v. LHP, so it really is not an upgrade.
""He was an all star last year as well.""
Gaby Sanchez made the All-Star team last year by hitting .293 in the first half, with 13 HRs, 50 RBIs, and an .846 OPS.
In the 2nd half of last season, he slipped to .225, with 6 HRs, 28 RBIs, and a .679 OPS.
And this year with the Marlins, .202, with 3 HRs, 17 RBIs, and a .556 OPS.
Hey, Nate McLouth rode a really hot first half of a season to an All-Star berth, too. And never hit like that again.
And now, reality sets in...
Gaby may never be anything more than a two days a week starter going forward. Just the guy to face lefthanded starters or pinch hit against a lefty reliever. Nothing more than that.