New Pirates slugger McGehee ready to try 1B


BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- If Casey McGehee can settle in at a new position this spring, he might finally find a home with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

McGehee was drafted in 2003 as a third baseman by the Chicago Cubs. Over the past three seasons, he started 353 games at third for the Milwaukee Brewers. And then, of course, the Pirates traded for him in December.

To play first base.

"Hopefully, we can stop the merry-go-round and end my tour of the National League Central," McGehee said Friday before the Pirates' first full-squad workout of spring training.

To do that, McGehee must indeed become a first baseman. The Pirates want McGehee, a four-year veteran, to platoon with Garrett Jones, a left-handed hitter, as they try to build off last year's success.

Oh, and by the way: McGehee has started just one game in his career at first base.