The Yankees have addressed their need for pitching, somewhat.
The New York Yankees have acquired Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Vidal Nuno, according to sources.
Confirmed Yankees’ trade of Vidal Nuno to Arizona for Brandon McCarthy.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 6, 2014
After reportedly trying and failing to trade for Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs, the Yankees will have to settle for McCarthy.
Both McCarthy and Nuno have struggled mightily in 2014. Nuno has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball going 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA in 14 starts.
McCarthy hasn’t been much better. The 30-year-old was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA for the Diamondbacks who currently have the worst record in the National League and are tied for the worst record in baseball with the Houston Astros.
McCarthy has been through a lot in his career. While pitching for the Oakland A’s on September 5, 2012, McCarthy was hit by a line drive in the head and suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. At the time, McCarthy thought his career was over.
He returned for the start of the 2013 season, but in June, suffered a seizure and missed nearly 2 months. He went 3-7 the rest of the way.
This season, McCarthy started out 0-6, and was 1-9 at one point, but has bounced back to win his last 2 starts. The Yankees certainly hope McCarthy can carry that momentum to the Bronx and that he can be a stabilizing force in the rotation with CC Sabathia likely out for the season as well as Chase Whitley falling fast.