|Brandon McCarthy is bound for the desert. (US Presswire)|
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms that the Diamondbacks and right-hander Brandon McCarthy have agreed to terms on two-year, $15.5-million contract, pending a physical. News of McCarthy's deal was first reported by John Gambadoro.
In 2013 McCarthy will be coming back from a scary skull fracture -- one that endangered his life, and he also has a history of shoulder problems. However, he's a near-ace when not battling injuries: a 3.29 ERA across two seasons in Oakland. At age 29, McCarthy should be quite a nifty addition, so long as he avoids the disabled list.
From Arizona's standpoint, they now have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to starting pitching. In addition to McCarthy, they also have under contract or their control Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley, Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs. And, who knows, they might even get Daniel Hudson back in time for the 2013 stretch drive.
The addition of McCarthy also means that the Diamondbacks now have plenty of depth from which to deal should they decide to bolster the offense via trade. Nice move by GM Kevin Towers.