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Yankees acquire Brandon McCarthy from Diamondbacks

Jul 6, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT

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As first reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Yankees have acquired right-handed starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy from the Diamondbacks. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says pitcher Vidal Nuno is headed to Arizona in return.

McCarthy has posted an ugly 4.75 ERA (80 ERA+) in 244 2/3 innings since signing a two-year, $15.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2012. He was great in 2011 and 2012 with the A’s, but Oakland is the most pitcher-friendly environment in the majors and Arizona is just the opposite. Yankee Stadium isn’t too kind on pitchers either.

Nuno, a 26-year-old left-hander, owns a 4.78 ERA (84 ERA+) in 98 career major league innings (17 starts and five relief appearances). He will presumably join the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation this week.

This could be the beginning of a firesale in Arizona, where Tony La Russa is now in charge of baseball decisions and everybody but first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is thought to be available.

  1. bronxbomber213 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    One scrub pitcher for another scrub pitcher and the Yankees still can’t hit the ball!!!! Just great Cash Just awesome! I’m sooo…..nevermind…just nevermind

    • Homesforsaleinfriscotx - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Yanks had too much Cash on hand, so they traded for McCarthy, a “DL-waiting-to-happen ” rag-arm making nearly 8 Million a year for Nuno, another rag-arm making minimum wage.

      Problem solved

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        His remaining contract was $4.1M for the rest of the season. D’backs are paying half.

        McCarthy isn’t an ace, but he’s better than Nuno.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        Do not argue the money with J. Ro. Just don’t.

  2. pisano - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    This guy might be the second coming of Phil Hughes in Yankee Stadium. Not a friendly park for a righthander with a close to five era.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      GB rate of 54% this year.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        But 20% HR/FB. If that doesn’t come down (and of course it should) he’d better be close to a 100% GB rate in New Y.S.

    • djpostl - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      His stats are weird though. BB, SO, SO/9, GB%, WHIP, FIP…. all as good as his best years (in some cases better). His Flyballs are just turning into dingers at an insanely bizarre rate.

      If I am going to roll the dice on a guy and only have to give up NuNOPE then I’d pull thee trigger on this trade too.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        But in fairness D.J….stats in today’s game are weird as well.
        Otherwise, solid post. Especially the last sentence.

  3. commonsenseisnotcmonman - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    He will give the Yanks 3 great innings, just take him out before the 4th.

  4. twenty1miles - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    I’m in shock as to how they got anything more than a bag of balls for Nuno. You have to wonder just how much he’s going to help though. Cash is far from done if he intends on getting this team to the playoffs.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      The Kevin Towers gave away Ian Kennedy (to his former employer the Padres) for a lefty reliever last year. Then again, Kevin Towers worked for the Yankees after he was fired in San Diego but before he was hired in Arizona.

  5. chip56 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    McCarthy has good peripherals but his bugaboo is the long ball. YS is not going to help with that.

    • clydeserra - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      that’s why I was advocating him for the A’s. but now i guess they got somebody else.

  6. luz56 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    and too your point I amazed how we got more than a bag of resin for McCarthy… Good player…. in Oakland and a major disappointment in AZ… Next out the door I hope is Kevin Towers the man directly responsible for destroying our pitching staff and farm system for GRIT..

  7. bigmeechy74 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    lmao the diamondbacks have done the worst job of any front office in mlb in recent memory. They just dumped off all of their promising players for basically nothing. Got absolute crap for bauer. Got the lowest value for upton. Then the crap cake of them all, trading adam eaton for no apparent reason and receiving a pile of garbage in return. But hey… they sure are gritty!

    • nsauser - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      The problem is that they drafted Bauer at all. Lord help another team if they give Kevin Towers this much authority. I don’t think there has been a move that he’s made that has been good. Other than signing Goldschmidt to an ext which was a no-brainer. Bell was awful, Reed has been awful, sell low, buy high!

      • gbrim - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        One (only one) good Towers move–first trade: Aaron Hill and Johnny Mac from Toronto for Kelly Johnson, during the ’11 stretch run. At that point the Towers approach looked good. Trader KT then proceeded to destroy the whole organization, IMO.

      • nsauser - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Yea, I kind of forgot about the Hill trade since in my mind it was negated by the over market price extension. If Hill had a team friendly contract then he’d be a good piece to keep, IMO.

      • joecb91 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        Getting Ziegler from Oakland was good too, but yeah, other than that he is horrible. My happiest moment as a fan since the 2001 WS will be the day KT is fired.

    • jerze2387 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      As a white sox fan, I’d like to thank as for giving us eaton. His defense, hustle and speed have helped. The irony is he’s a pretty damn gritty player and they got rid of him.

      Don’t forget they also have the sox Davidson (who’s power would have played well in that az park)

  8. wineman2u - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    It seems the move here is that they hope to get a little more length out of McCarthy so as to alleviate some of the stress on the bullpen.

  9. paperlions - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Isn’t a fire sale generally comprised of items that have suffered smoke and water damage? Yeah, that sounds about right.

  10. historiophiliac - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Poor Brandon has been assimilated.

    • hoopmatch - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Well, resistance is futile, I heard.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Borg is one.

      • drewzducks - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        Bjorn ?

  11. mlbfan8898 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Bauer is crap…so what’s your point.

  12. Lee Durocher - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Does not make sense that Yankees would trade for McCarthy who has been pitching in an already pitcher-unfriendly park in AZ only to come to another in the Bronx. Don’t know what Cashman was thinking with this deal. Then again the Yankees are so desperate for pitching they will probably take anybody.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      they gave up nothing so who cares. mccarthy at least has a chance to be good. that nuno guy is a bum

  13. nsauser - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Yea, let’s hope Towers is out after the trading deadline. The Dbacks are now trying to rid themselves of the deals he’s done.

    • gbrim - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Can’t figure out why he is still in the building now, frankly.

      • gloccamorra - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Towers is working to give the Diamondbacks the #1 draft pick, so LaRussa will have a “no place to go but up” situation where ANY move he makes looks brilliant. KT will get a job somewhere else, because he’s a member in good standing of “The Club”.

  14. sleepyirv - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    More importantly- Amanda McCarthy moving to New York City.

  15. jerze2387 - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    …so they trade a crappy 26 year old nuno for a crappy 30 year old mccarthy. Lateral move. all they did was get 4 years older it seems like

  16. sabresfanallday - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    With the 2nd pick in the 2015 MLB Draft the Arizona Diamondbacks select……

    • gloccamorra - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Don’t underestimate Towers. The #1 pick is up for grabs.

  17. luz56 - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    I Forgot about taking back Heath Bell.. Outside of the Hill trade we’ve been robbed… The way the Justin Upton trade was handled was downright embarrassing.. Eaton and Davidson were up and coming stars.. Just traded Thatcher who we got for Kennedy for mid level prospects..

    Would love to see a true evaluation article on each trade this buffoon has made

    DBacks and LaRussa cut your losses now before another bone headed move is made

    DBacks are National league favorites in 2021 after two years of finishing dead last

  18. drewzducks - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    I’m guessing Brandon Duckworth was unavailable.

    • jhorton83 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Brandon Duckworth actually currently works for the Yankees. Seriously.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Brandon Inge is available, if they are trying to build an all-Brandon team.

  19. luz56 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    KT has worked hard by trading our future to finish dead last…too many top 10 overall picks sent away for garbage

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