The Yankees made a much-needed upgrade to their beleaguered starting rotation on Sunday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with cash, and all for the price of lefty Vidal Nuno.
ESPN Buster Olney says that the D-Backs will eat $2.05 million of the $4.1 million owed to McCarthy for through the remainder of the 2-14 season. The Yankees, meanwhile, will pay the $1 million assignment bonus in McCarthy’s contract — he is a free-agent after the season.
McCarthy is coming to New York after going 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA over 18 starts with Arizona this season. McCarthy was 1-10 with 5.38 ERA in first the 16 starts this season. However, he’s won his past two outings, allowing 3 earned runs with 12 strikeouts over 12.2 innings.
He spent several years of his career with the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics. He was really good for a couple of years in Oakland during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but hasn’t been as good since moving out to Arizona before the 2013 season.
“McCarthy’s an experienced starter,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We expect him to pitch well for us and give us distance. I know he’s had his struggles, but he’s seemed to turn it around. He’s got a good arm, and we need him to help us.”
McCarthy told reporters that we will make his Yankee debut on Wednesday in Cleveland, but Girardi wouldn’t confirm that, rather hinting the Yankees could bring somebody up from the minors to take Nuno’s spot and pitch on Monday.
In other Yankees news, the team also announced on Sunday that they have cut ties with outfielder Alfonso Soriano, designating him for assignment.
Soriano, who has been a disaster at the plate this season, was DFA’d so the Yankees could add a bring arm to their bullpen, bringing up right Bruce Billings from Triple-A Scranton. The Yankees now have 10 days to trade, release or waive him.
“We designated Soriano, which is extremely difficult because he’s been a great Yankee and been a great player,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “We felt we needed some more pitching today, so we called up Billings. Bullpen has been extremely taxed.”
Soriano gave the Yankees a big jolt in the lineup after acquiring from the Cubs last season, hitting 17 homeruns with 50 RBIs in 58 games. But he was awful this season, as he hit just .221 in 67 games with the Yankees this season, with no homeruns in the past month.