Tigers sign third baseman Casey McGehee to minor-league deal

Casey McGehee is a .259 career hitter, but hit just .198 last year in 237 at-bats with the Giants and Marlins. Rick Scuteri/USA TODAY Sports

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers made another roster move Tuesday, signing infielder Casey McGehee to a minor-league deal, the team confirmed.

The 33-year-old McGehee provides the club with some organizational depth at third base. Nick Castellanos is currently the team's third baseman, but the Tigers like the idea of bringing in another player to camp with major-league experience.

"We could use a third baseman, quite frankly," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Not necessarily at the major-league level, but maybe [Triple-A] Toledo. We could use him, and he's got major-league experience. He's got international experience."

The team's depth in corner infielders took a hit this offseason when the Tigers traded Jefry Marte to acquire Kody Eaves in a swap with the Angels.

"At some point, the realization was that we could use another third baseman," Ausmus said.

McGehee, introducing himself to his new Tigers teammates in the clubhouse Tuesday morning, said the deal came together quickly. He received a phone call from the team and hopped on a plane from Jackson, Tennessee, to Lakeland, where he had to first pass a physical.

The 33-year-old McGehee, who split time last season with the San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins, said he's eager to make the most of the opportunity.

"It was pretty late in the game, so I was pretty excited to get out and get to camp," he told ESPN.com. "I do think this could be a really good situation, not only for me, but I think I could help this team win. That's my goal. Looking at it like every spring, just hoping to get ready for the season but also trying to win a job and try to figure out how to help this team."

What does McGehee believe he needs to show to win a job?

"Just come out and play the way I'm capable of playing. Work, be prepared and the rest will work itself out," he said. "See what happens from there."

Two seasons ago, McGehee batted .287 with a .355 on-base percentage and .357 slugging percentage in 160 games for the Marlins.