The Los Angeles Dodgers have added to their impressive winter meetings resume by signing Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million deal. The 31-year-old will join a talent-filled starting rotation that already includes reigning National League Cy Young award winner Clatyon Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-jin Ryu. The move continued a busy close to the winter meetings for Los Angeles, who have added Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick while dealing Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp.
McCarthy struggled with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014 before being traded to the New York Yankees in July. The right-hander enjoyed his stay in the Bronx, posting a 2.89 ERA (3.22 FIP) in 14 starts. Overall, McCarthy sported a 4.00 ERA (3.55 FIP) in 32 starts while setting career-highs in wins (10), strikeouts (175) and innings pitched (200). For his career, the Glendale, CA native sports a 52-65 record and 4.09 ERA in nine seasons. McCarthy is best remembered for being hit in the head by a line drive while pitching for the Oakland Athletics in 2012. He had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain due to internal bleeding and subsequently suffered a seizure in 2013 that was doctors believe was related to the injury.
The Dodgers will be McCarthy's six major league team, joining the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Athletics, Diamondbacks, and Yankees. He recently completed a two-year, $15.5 million deal he signed with Arizona prior to 2013.