The Arizona Diamondbacks continued their off-season spending spree as they signed pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a two-year, $15.5 million contract on Saturday pending completion of a physical, according to Yahoo Sports.
The 29 year-old right-handed pitcher played in Oakland the last two seasons. The oft-injured McCarthy poses a significant risk to the Diamondbacks as he has battled shoulder issues and is coming off a horrific season-ending injury that saw him treated for a fractured skull after being hit by a line drive in a game last September.
McCarthy threw in 43 games for the A’s over the past two seasons, amassing a 17-15 record with a 3.29 ERA. He fared well at home last season in the pitcher friendly confines of the O.co Coliseum, but struggled on the road as his ERA was about a run higher in road games.
The 6’7, 200 lbs. McCarthy was a 17th round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2002 and pitched in Chicago through the 2005-2006 season. He was traded to the Texas in December of 2006 and played three seasons with the Rangers organization. He signed as a free agent with Oakland in 2010. In his seven year career, McCarthy is 37-39 with a 4.02 ERA.
Arizona’s addition of McCarthy will bring stability to a rotation that seems to be shaping up as one of the most interesting in all of Major League Baseball next season. Ian Kennedy, Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill and McCarthy would seem to be the top four in the rotation with one of the young pitchers (Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, Patrick Corbin) filling out the rotation as the 5th starter. The addition of McCarthy gives the Diamondbacks organization time so that they do not rush Daniel Hudson back from the Tommy John surgery that he had completed on his throwing arm last season. Hudson is slated to return mid-season.
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