The Arizona Diamondbacks were not afraid of Brandon McCarthy's head injury. To be fair, most teams weren't. His recovery has gone well and he is expected to be 100 percent healthy by the start of spring training. With that in mind, the Diamondbacks have helped reinforce their starting rotation - an area of need for the team - by signing McCarthy.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks and McCarthy have agreed to a two-year deal.
Told Brandon McCarthy's deal with the Dbacks is for two years and around $15M.
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) December 7, 2012
Reports later in the day have indicated the deal is actually worth $15.5 million over the two year. But regardless, it seems like a great move for Arizona. McCarthy has been a good pitcher for a number of years now. Considering his skill level and the price the Washington Nationals just recently paid for Dan Haren, McCarthy's contract could be a bargain for Arizona.
McCarthy was seriously injured earlier this year when he was hit in the head by a line drive. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but a CT scan later revealed hemorrhaging in the brain. McCarthy had to undergo emergency brain surgery. The surgery was successful and it was not long before McCarthy was being his jovial self on Twitter. He is expected to be fully back to normal for the start of next season.
McCarthy has spent the last two season in Oakland. With the Athletics, he has posted a 3.29 ERA. In his career, spanning seven seasons, McCarthy has a 4.02 ERA. He seems to have gotten his command under control and has been impressive over the last two seasons. Arizona hopes they are getting the pitcher who became almost an ace on the A's.