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Brandon McCarthy signs with the Diamondbacks: two years, $15.5 million

Dec 7, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the deal is for two years and $15.5 million. That seems like a bargain in this market. Dan Haren — who also has some health questions — got almost that much for one year. But it does conform with Kevin Towers’ self-imposed rule on pitcher contracts.

5:27 PMJohn Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix is reporting that the Diamondbacks have agreed to a deal with starter Brandon McCarthy. The financial terms of the deal are not yet known. At one point this winter it was reported that Kevin Towers was unwilling to offer more than two years for a starting pitcher, but then again, people say a lot of things.

Interesting choice for both McCarthy and the Diamondbacks. For McCarthy, he goes from a pitchers park with a stellar defensive outfield to a hitters park where Jason Kubel calls home.  For the Diamonbacks, you have to wonder if this doesn’t signal the end of those Mega Trade rumors, seeing as those have all involved, to some degree or another, a pitcher going to Arizona. But now you gotta wonder if they may use some starting pitching depth to flip for that shortstop they’ve been wanting.

McCarthy posted a 3.24 ERA and 73/24 K/BB ratio over 111 innings with the A’s this past season.

  1. joelwrobinson - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Is it now a requirement to of once played for the A’s to be a diamondback?

    • bayarea510 - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      I think it’s the A’s way of annoying the Giants.

  2. bayarea510 - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Nooooo! I follow Brandon and his wife on Twitter and I love them but as a Giants fan I am now forced to wish that Giants hit bomb after bomb off him. Sad day indeed.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      He is funny when he gets lit up too. It shouldn’t spoil your enjoyment of his twitter.

  3. APBA Guy - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    I wouldn’t be too surprised by this move. It’s a substantial upgrade in salary for McCarthy, and he and his wife are familiar with AZ, as he played college ball there.

    As for the Diamondbacks-if he’s healthy (you are obligated to begin any prediction concerning McCarthy with this phrase)- he’s a very good pitcher. His stability and demeanor will be an asset to the D’backs younger players. He’s also a ground ball pitcher so the Kubel defense won’t automatically be fatal to his success.

    But the health concerns are very real. I don’t think you’ll see the D’backs dealing any pitching.

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    A fine pitcher with an engaging personality, but one that has been limited by injuries during his career. I am sure that Arizona will benefit from this signing.

  5. paint771 - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Damn – I was really hoping Toronto made this pickup.

    Quality signing – signing a top half of the rotation starter (and awesome dude) at less than 8 a year on a short term deal? Even with health concerns, that’s a no-brainer, and frankly a bit of a coup. One would think somebody else might have been willing to throw in another year and a few million a year more in incentives. Guys like a healthy McCarthy, very shortly here (if not not), will not be had for less than 15 mil a year.

  6. losangelesfan - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM


  7. losangelesfan - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Damn! I was hoping the Angels woulda got him.

  8. Lukehart80 - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Why on Earth didn’t the Indians make a better offer than this?!

    I guess if he wasn’t going to sign with Cleveland, his destination at least might grease the wheels for finishing off the discussed trade with Arizona of Cabrera for some young pitching, but still…

  9. delusionalcardsfan - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Yeah buddy! :)

  10. sergio408 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Sad to see Brandon go, but has A’s pitchers work out in the past for the D’Backs?

  11. jase44 - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    That’s a steal

  12. btwicey - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Yep, solid #3 starter for that price , if he stays healthy that’s an absolute bargain.

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