Dodgers Sign RHP Brandon McCarthy

December 16, 2014

The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their frenzy of off-season activity today by announcing the signing of free-agent right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year contract.

The 31-year-old McCarthy went 10-14 with a 4.05 ERA in 32 starts last season, which began with the Diamondbacks and ended with the Yankees. His ten wins were a career-high, Additionally, he had career highs in strikeouts (175) and innings pitched (200.0).

Overall, McCarthy ranked ninth among MLB starters with a 5.30 strikeout-to-walk ratio and averaged only 1.49 walks per 9.0 innings, the eighth-best mark in the Majors. One might reasonably guess that these type of numbers are what most impressed the Analytics-driven Dodgers front office.

The 6-foot-7 McCarthy was one of the game’s best pitchers from June 27 to the conclusion of the season, going 9-5 with a 2.80 ERA (32 ER/103.0 IP).

Originally selected by the White Sox in the 17th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, the Glendale, CA native McCarthy has posted a 52-65 career record with a 4.09 ERA in nine seasons with the White Sox (2005-06), Rangers (2007-09), Athletics (2011-12), Diamondbacks (2013-14) and Yankees (2014).

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