Along with the trades for Yasmani Grandal and pitching prospects from the San Diego Padres, and acquiring Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies not yet being official, the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t formalized the signing of free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy.
The right-hander is expected to sign a four-year, $48 million contract as one of two starting pitchers the Dodgers are interested in adding this offseason. McCarthy got off to a bad start with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014 and was traded to the New York Yankees in a move that appeared to revitalize the 31 year old.
McCarthy finished the year a combined 10-15 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.28 WHIP; he was 7-5 in 14 starts in New York, and held a lower ERA (2.89) and WHIP (1.15) total than he did in 18 starts with the Diamondbacks. With Dan Haren being dealt to the Miami Marlins, McCarthy pencils in as the Dodgers’ fourth starter but that would change if they’re to acquire a pitcher along the lines of Cole Hamels or James Shields.
After joining the Diamondbacks in 2012, this would mark only his second stint in the National League over his nine-year career. While the McCarthy signing isn’t official, he changed his Twitter avatar on Sunday night so that the uniform he’s wearing resembles the Dodgers: