The New York Yankees need help on the pitching front, and the team has found another arm in veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
The Yankees will send left-hander Vidal Nuno to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the deal, the club announced:
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal:
Check that, deal is done: McCarthy to #Yankees.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 6, 2014
The trade likely comes as no surprise to McCarthy, as he told Jack Magruder of Fox Sports last week that he knew there was a decent chance of a trade from the Diamondbacks:
It certainly seems likely, but if I am still here at the end of September, then great. It is a place I enjoy.
At this point, you become an asset the other way. Right now as a Diamondback, sometimes your best value is your future value and what they can get for you. I totally understand that side of the game. You accept it as reality, but it is not something I sit and worry about all the time, check every rumor. Just let it happen, and when I get a phone call and that happens, there you go.
McCarthy talked about the deal on his Twitter account following the announcement:
Yankee pinstripes, awesome. Very slimming but awesome.— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) July 6, 2014
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman also spoke to Joel Sherman of the New York Post about how long the club had worked to land the starting pitcher:
Injuries have devastated the Yankees' pitching staff this season. Ivan Nova is out for the season, Michael Pineda is having difficulty recovering from a shoulder strain and CC Sabathia might be out for the season now as well. This left manager Joe Girardi with a patchwork rotation headlined by rookie ace Masahiro Tanaka and veteran Hiroki Kuroda.
David Phelps, Chase Whitley and Nuno have received starts in the absence of the aforementioned arms, and it doesn't need to be said how badly an upgrade was needed. Jesse Spector of Sporting News offered perspective on the trade:
Sending Vidal Nuno to Arizona is as close as the Yankees could get to launching him into the sun. Plus they get Brandon McCarthy? Win-win!— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) July 6, 2014
McCarthy is just 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA on the year. He has allowed a league-leading 131 hits and 61 earned runs. That said, his FIP of 3.79 suggests that he should have fared better through his 18 starts. The Yankees are banking on this statistic.
New York had Nuno scheduled to pitch Monday against the Cleveland Indians. It remains to be seen if McCarthy will assume his spot in the rotation.
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