Brandon McCarthy has all of a sudden become a hot commodity in the MLB. Apparently there are a few teams that are interested in signing him along with his current team the Oakland Athletics. One of those teams that are reported to have high interest in McCarthy is none other than a former team of his.
The Chicago White Sox are one of the teams that are rumored to want McCarthy. McCarthy was a high prospect for the White Sox in 2005 and 2006. In 2006 he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Jon Danks, Nick Massat, and another minor league player.
McCarthy didn’t do well with the Rangers. He was injured most of the time and had an ERA of over four. The Rangers didn’t resign him and McCarthy signed with the Athletics.
Since being with the Athletics, McCarthy has pitched well. Maybe it’s because he is more mature being 28 or something seemed to click but he has been a dependable part of the Athletics rotation. In 2011 he was 9-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 games. In 2012 he was 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA.
McCarthy finally began to look like the pitcher that the White Sox had high hopes for when he was on the team.
McCarthy is also very lucky. He suffered a scary injury where a line drive hit him in the head. It fractured his skull and he had to have surgery. Thankfully there wasn’t any long term damage to McCarthy. He said he is fine, and he even joined the Athletics in the dugout during their post season run.
Should the White Sox sign McCarthy? It depends. While there doesn’t seem to be any long term damage from being hit in the head there might still be physiological scars. What I mean is, perhaps McCarthy will be tentative when trying to pitch for fear of the ball hitting him in the head.
Another issue is his shoulder. It doesn’t seem to be bothering him anymore as judged by the way he pitched for the Athletics but shoulder injuries can always flare up especially with pitchers.
The White Sox also have a pretty set rotation, with Danks coming back. They also have a lot of pitchers in the minors that are on the cusp of joining the club.
However, if the White Sox sign McCarthy he could always be used as a long reliever with Nate Jones and could even be slotted in the rotation if Danks isn’t 100%. He can also be put in the rotation if Jose Quintana has troubles. Also, it never hurts to have a stockpile of starting pitchers.
I believe that the Athletics will try very hard to resign McCarthy. The White Sox should not get into a bidding war for his services with the Athletics or any other team. If the money is right, and McCarthy wants to come back to the White Sox then they should sign him. If not, then there are plenty of other pitchers that the White Sox could sign.
If the White Sox do sign McCarthy then everything would come full circle for both parties.
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