Apparently the Chicago White Sox are serious about getting starting pitching. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle the White Sox have met with Brandon McCarthy.
I already wrote about back in early November (which you can find here) that the White Sox might be interested in signing McCarthy to a one year deal and it seems like they are interesting in doing just that. The White Sox have already been rumored to other pitching names but McCarthy right now seems to be the main target.
The White Sox are going to have some competition though if they want to bring McCarthy back to the organization. McCarthy has also met with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, and the Boston Red Sox. Throw the Oakland Athletics name in the mix as well and the White Sox have some stiff competition.
There are a couple of things that the White Sox have going for them in this possible race to grab McCarthy. One is that McCarthy used to play for the White Sox. He knows the organization and he did enjoy his time in Chicago.
Another factor is that McCarthy is considering a one year deal. This is exactly what the White Sox want. Historically the White Sox don’t like signing pitchers to long term contracts. Most pitchers don’t usually want a one year deal but apparently that is what McCarthy is willing to take.
If the White Sox are able to sign McCarthy it would make Gavin Floyd an even more marketable commodity.
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