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A’s “closing in on finishing a deal” with Brandon McCarthy

Dec 13, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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In addition to being on the verge of signing Hideki Matsui the A’s are also “closing in on finishing a deal” with Brandon McCarthy, according to Buster Olney of

McCarthy has a lengthy injury history and was limited to 56 innings this season–all in the minors–because of a stress fracture in his shoulder, but last month there were reports of at least a half-dozen teams scouting him in the Dominican winter league and McCarthy pitched well there.

He’s still just 27 years old and in between all the injuries McCarthy has a 4.56 ERA in 373 career innings despite calling a pair of hitter-friendly ballparks home in Texas and Chicago, so if healthy he should like pitching in Oakland.

UPDATE: The Athletics just announced that they have agreed to terms with McCarthy on a one-year contract. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the deal is worth $1 million guaranteed, plus some additional incentives.

  1. apbaguy - Dec 13, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Oh boy, I see a spike in OAK season ticket sales. Not.

    Gee who wouldn’t be excited about this? Hideki Matsui will at least fill the photographer well as long as he’s healthy. And he does appeal to the substantial Japanese-American community in the East Bay. Of course he’ll also miss substantial time this year.

    Brandon McCarthy was a big-time prospect before all the injuries started. I guess Oakland needed a replacement for the Guaranteed to Go on the DL (GGDL) roster spot vacated by Justin Duchscherer. And in fine Angelos-like fashion Beane has substituted a cheaper alternative as McCarthy makes about $ 1.1M less than Duke.

    Personally I’d be more inclined to buy a ticket if Oakland were signing Jenny McCarthy.

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