The Oakland Athletics made a surprising move on Friday by trading catcher Kurt Suzuki to the Washington Nationals. With Brandon McCarthy nearing his return from the disabled list will it mean that he is placed on waivers and becomes the next A’s player traded? As starting pitchers are highly regarded for playoff runs.
McCarthy has pitched well in 2012 in 12 starts his record is 6-3 with a 2.54 era, 78 innings pitched and 52 strikeouts to 19 walks. The one issue for teams willing to trade for him is that he has been on the disabled list twice this season due to shoulder issues. Injuries have also plagued him throughout his career and the most starts he’s ever made in a season came in 2011 when he started 25 games in his first season with the A’s.
When healthy he has impeccable control and forces hitters to make contact as he doesn’t walk many nor is he a strike out pitcher and because of that he pitches deep into games. Even though he hasn’t recorded a complete game this season in 2011 he had five complete games including one shutout and also averaged seven innings per start.
At this point it’s hard to see him being traded as currently the A’s rotation has four rookies starting in Tommy Milone, Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin and Daniel Straily with Barolo Colon being the only experience starter. The A’s are currently in position to make the playoffs, so it would make sense to have a second experienced starter for the playoffs.
Brett Anderson has made his way back from Tommy John surgery and has made a couple of rehab starts in Sacramento, yet there’s no guarantee how well he will pitch when he returns. Travis Blackley who was in the rotation and moved to the bullpen to make room for the call-up of Straily is another possibility, so there are options for when a trade becomes a possibility.