It’s the day after the winter meetings in Nashville and it’s proving to be just as busy as the meetings themselves! OK, so maybe that’s not saying a whole lot, but at least there has been some movement with two solid contributors coming off the board.
Diamondbacks agree with Brandon McCarthy on two-year, $15.5 million, pending a physical
As first reported by the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro , the Diamondbacks continued stockpiling starting pitching depth with the addition of Brandon McCarthy. The 29-year-old right-hander is coming off two injury-plagued, but solid when healthy seasons in Oakland that saw him post a 3.29 ERA in 43 starts. Over his career, McCarthy is 37-39 with a 4.02 ERA in 153 appearances (99 starts) spread out over the seven seasons.
BLS Take: McCarthy’s pending deal is right in line with the two-year, $15 million deal Joe Blanton signed with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, which means their performance over the next two seasons will be compared frequently. Looking back, though, it’s interesting to note that Blanton, despite what the perception might be, has topped 25 starts in seven of his nine seasons. McCarthy, on the other hand, has yet to do so in seven years. Just file that away.
This deal won’t be official until McCarthy passes his physical, which is expected to happen but isn’t a given considering his history of shoulder issues and also the fact he’s coming off that very scary skull fracture that threatened his life. As you can tell, his signing is not without risk, but with Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill and Wade Miley already locked in to the rotation, and prospects Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin on the rise, Arizona’s probably in the best position to sign him with the hope of getting 35-40 starts the next two years.
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