The D-Backs have underachieved big time this season, as they now are sporting one of the worst records in baseball at 37-53. So the D-Backs are dumping veterans, like McCarthy but he is owed $4.1 million, which Arizona will still pay.
McCarthy will be a free agent at the end of 2014, so this is just a mid-season rental pending he doesn’t turn into superman or something.
Looking at the 2014 pitching stats for both Nuno and McCarthy, the trade looks like a slight upgrade for the Yankees rotation.
McCarthy strikeouts a lot of batters, but he also gives up a ton of hits and runs.
(all stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)
Brandon McCarthy vs. Vidal Nuno - 2014 Pitching Stats
NAME W L ERA WHIP G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Vidal Nuno 2 5 5.42 1.44 17 14 78 86 52 47 15 26 60 0.282 0.336 0.495 0.831
Brendon McCarthy 3 10 5.01 1.38 18 18 109.2 131 65 61 15 20 93 0.298 0.330 0.469 0.799
McCarthy seems excited to be a Yankee, as he tweeted:
Yankee pinstripes, awesome. Very slimming but awesome.
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) July 6, 2014
My question is was this really necessary, or just a pointless move?
As hasn’t the lack of offense been the issue this season for the Bronx Bombers? You know like NOT scoring runs?
The bottom line is McCarthy ain’t the game changer the Yankees desperately need.
What do you think?