Dodgers agree to a 4-year, $48 million deal with Brandon McCarthy
The Dodgers continue to be active, this time bolstering their starting rotation.
In Los Angeles, he will help round out a starting rotation headlined by Clayton Kershaw. McCarty figures to pencil in as the No. 4 starter behind Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Dodgers needed some depth in the rotation after Josh Beckett retired and Dan Haren was traded in a deal to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.
McCarthy’s stock improved down the stretch when the right-hander performed well for the Yankees after arriving in the Bronx via trade in early July. The 30-year-old posted a 2.89 ERA and 3.22 FIP over 90⅓ innings pitched for the Yankees, striking out 82 batters and walking only 13 in 14 games started.
The right-hander’s success in New York came after an up-and-down time with the Diamondbacks. In 18 starts to begin the season, McCarthy compiled a 5.03 ERA with 93 strikeouts and 20 walks, though his 3.82 FIP during that time span indicates McCarthy might have fallen prey to some bad fortune and an abnormally high home-run rate.
The biggest knock on McCarthy has been his consistent problems with injury. He missed all of the 2010 season due to right shoulder surgery and lost time to injury in both 2012 and 2013. The 2014 campaign was the first time in McCarthy’s career that he reached the 200-inning plateau and made more than 30 starts in a single season.
When healthy, McCarthy has been effective in years past. In 2011 and 2012, he impressed with the Athletics, earning him a two-year deal, $15.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks in December of 2012. Despite struggling in Arizona, McCarthy’s strong performances with the Yankees at the end of 2014 showed he can still be a solid option in a team’s rotation.