Hot Stove: Brandon McCarthy signs four-year, $48 Million deal with Dodgers


So much for Brian Cashman keeping the 2014 team together.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Brandon McCarthy has agreed to a four-year, $48 Million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees, Red Sox and Pirates were in the McCarthy sweepstakes before McCarthy set his sights on Los Angeles. McCarthy had a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts for the Yankees after being a mid season acquisition from the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this season.

With Jon Lester off the board, it was only a matter of time before McCarthy signed with a ¬†team and it’s unfortunate the Yankees let¬†another talent get away.

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18 Responses to Hot Stove: Brandon McCarthy signs four-year, $48 Million deal with Dodgers

  1. hotdog says:

    Cashman is waiting of Max Scherzer…everything is on hold until that time…hail to the chief…the Steinbrenners must be looking for a tax write-off…

  2. Scooter10 says:

    It is starting to look like we'll go big on Scherzer, sign another reliever (Romo, Soriano, Grilli) and go with Refsnyder 2B. Maybe a trade or two for infield depth and signing Kuroda. It feels like Cashman wants a competitive team in 2015 but is really building towards 2017 and 2018 when some of our big contracts end (Teixeira, Arod, Beltran) opening up spots for Judge, Bird, Moncado (if he's signed).

    • hotdog says:

      right now, as is, we're looking at a team that's more likely to lose 90 than win 90…i don't think adding Scherzer at close to $200 mil is building towards the future, i believe it locks the Yankees into another long term contract, possibly 8 years that has a good chance of failing towards the later years..i'd rather see the Yankees build towards the future and add stars then, instead of taking Scherzer's best years while the team re-builds…when we got CC, we had a team of all-stars capable of winning 100 games and a championship…right now we don't, adding Scherzer isn't a step in the right direction imo, it might bring people to the gate but it limits the Yankees spending…i say pass, develop the farm, don't give away 1st round picks, bring in guys that are gamers and buy young players from overseas with good upside…spend on the Scherzers of the baseball world when things are looking up…

  3. Michael R says:

    He has never proven he's worth 4 years at even close to that kind of money.

    • hotdog says:

      he's played for weak teams…a good pitcher in a sellers market…who else do you think is out there…

  4. Balt Yank says:

    If Scherzer is 30 years old and gets a 7 year deal, how many of those will be great years? He had two recent excellent years and a lot of good / middling ones. He's not obese, that's good.

    • hotdog says:

      Steinbrenners would applaud Cashman for signing Scherzer…Yankee fans will be excited about having an ace but your concerns are very valid…i'd rather see the Yankees spend 1/2 the money on guys that have the potential of improving their position…we'd be signing Scherzer with the idea that he would be having one great season after another…maybe he does but how many times can you go down the same road and get burned in the long run…

  5. Joe says:

    They can't go into the season with tanaka as there ace. Shaky elbow aside I have my doubts that he is even as good as he looked at the beginning of the year. Wait until the major leaguers get a book on him. I remember everyone thought joba was unit table until people figured out to lay off that slider then walks became an issue. Now I like tanaka I just feel he will have some learning to do at the major league level and there will prolly be some bumps in the road. And with the yankees luck he will end up needing tommy john and by the time he gets healthy and pitching good he will opt out. Will the yankees even resign him if he did? I would feel burned

    • hotdog says:

      Tanaka is a long long shot to earn the money that Yankees will pay him…if Tanaka can't throw the splitter on a regular basis because it risks his elbow, he will have to find another way to succeed…he has a great splitter, if he was capable of throwing it as much as he did early in the season, he might be the Yankees ace but he's got to throw other pitches which are less successful…it's a shame because this looked like a good move by Cashman early in the season but will likely be another heavy contract the Yankees with be stuck with…i can't blame Cashman for this one although he did shell out a lot of money for a guy with no experience in the states…

      • olie says:

        Actually Throwing a Splitter is not hard on the elbow . It is just a fastball with a split grip! Also I can't believe that some people are talking about Lester and McCarthy in the same breath! Don't panic yet I don't think Cashman is done !

      • Yankees Fan says:

        I agree but Tanaka need to work on his fastball i watched him play and he gave up 2 homers in the same ining … Bolth pitches were fastballs that were left up a little too high in the zone.

  6. Joe says:

    The joba comment was supposed to say unhittable

  7. jimmy1982 says:

    Does anyone get the feeling that the yankees are trying to do their best giants imitation? I mean really the yankees front office is the definition of incompetence. they careen wildly from one offseason to another: dont spend, spend wildly, dont spend, etc. they, like the giants, are trying to recapture past glory without any real idea of how to do it. it occurred to me last night that this season, sadly, is over before its begun. just look at who theyve lost already, three pitchers who, while not great, actually made it to the finish line last yeat: shane greene, brandon mccarthy, and hiroki kuroda. does anyone actually expect sabathia, pineda, or tanaka to make it to the finish line this year? People can yell and scream all they want about scherzer but think about it; really at this point thats like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound. unless he can take up 3 or 4 spots in the rotation, we're sunk. im not talking about quality starts here, im talking about any starts! Hal and cashman have screwed up this offseason so badly i have to wonder why would i want to watch or even keep going to games? After all, if i want to watch garbage and nonsense, i ve had enough of it with the giants.

    • hotdog says:

      I don't mind re-tooling for the future, I just hope that's a priority…ok, maybe we're getting younger but I did not like losing Shane Greene for Didi Gregorius…i like having a solid glove at short but Shane Greene gave us some good innings last year and there's no reason to think he wouldn't have in 2015…we finally get a guy from our system to start in the majors, he does well and then we ship him out…very disappointing…

  8. Robert Rufa says:

    Both Robertson and McCarthy stepped up when they were needed. I don't like the way Steinbrenner and Cashman show their appreciation. Could it be that they don't know squat about baseball, or do they just want to torment Yankee fans? Playing for the Dodgers, McCarthy could really shine, and considering the smart moves the White Sox are making, they could be in the middle of it.

  9. Balt Yank says:

    I think passing on McCarthy is reasonable as it was a gamble to sign him 4 years $48 based on a good second half. That being said, I agree with Robert above. Yankees should have signed McCarthy. We may reject not having Shane Greene, a possible solid 5-inning pitcher (yikes). We do have Phelps. Maybe Adam Warren can pitch 5?

  10. Balt Yank says:

    I meant " Yankees should have signed DROB."

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