Former Oakland A's ace Brandon McCarthy is a free agent for the second time in two years, and although it certainly wouldn't hurt to have him on the roster, there's a case to be made that the A's don't necessarily need him.
Let me stress, this isn't to say the A's shouldn't re-sign McCarthy.
First, he's a quality pitcher. Second, after suffering a season-ending injury, the guy made it a point to stick around and be in the dugout as soon as possible to support the team in the postseason. He's had nothing but positive things to say about Oakland's clubhouse, is clearly dedicated to his teammates and has such a wonderful personality, it makes a ton of sense to keep him around.
But to be fair, there's always a counter to every argument.
Take his off-field qualities away and there are actually a handful of reasons not re-signing McCarthy makes sense.
And for the last time, should the A's re-sign him and do they want to? Probably. Do they need to, though? Not really. Here's why.