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  1. Anyone else shocked he got more than a one year deal?

    Comment by samuelraphael — December 7, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

  2. not really. Sure, you never rate a guy whose brain was scrambled as perfectly healthy, but the actual parts that throw the ball are still intact. That’s worth something, as many other “damaged goods” pitchers are damaged in a more throwing-oriented way.

    Comment by AK7007 — December 7, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

  3. nope, not really.. That said, I would be surprised if he came away with a four or more. Two or three sounds about right. Dude has been steady for a while. Neither really having a abnormal high or bottomed out year. Health will always be his biggest issue, which the article brings out. Not the health of his noggin’ but the health of his shoulder. If its sound, he will get a three or four after this two year. If not, he is a one or two for the duration of his career.

    Comment by Cidron — December 7, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  4. In case anyone was wondering, I am a shaman and I put a spell on Erick Aybar’s bat in order to cap that arm at 111 innings last year. It’s my year – lucky number 13. It has all been foretold.

    Comment by Voodoo Kevin Towers — December 7, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  5. you’re a shaman huh.. go back to world of warcraft dude.

    Comment by Cidron — December 7, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

  6. Seattle Mariners :(

    Comment by Ike Thermite — December 7, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

  7. Wow Jeff, I’m surprised you could see the keyboard through your tears. My condolences.

    Comment by Matt Hunter — December 7, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

  8. Smart post and an honest look. Garcia, Guthrie, Johnson and Blanton were the guys that I looked at when this was announced.

    Comment by randallball — December 7, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  9. Great offseason for AZ so far. Don’t blow it by trading Upton…

    Comment by Steve — December 7, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  10. I don’t get all the excitement for McCarthy. His career highs in innings are 170, 11, and 101 so by no means is he guaranteed to hold up. How does that guarantee anyone a good deal? It only makes

    Nevermind that he has eclipsed 2-wins a season once, and in his career high season (4.8 WAR fangraphs), baseball-reference only rated him as being worth 2.9 WAR.

    It’s a potential play.

    Comment by Alex — December 7, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

  11. * It only makes them have to rely on another starter.

    Comment by Alex — December 7, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  12. Didn’t see McCarthy and the word “sweepstakes” together in the same sentence, lol, but good write-up none the less.

    Comment by Brent — December 8, 2012 @ 4:38 am

  13. As an A’s fan, it hurts to see him go, good pickup for D’backs. What you really need if you sign him is a AAA pitcher with an option available who is adequate as a fifth starter in the majors and can yo-yo back and forth. It helps if he’s on the same turn as McCarthy. I don’t think the A’s wanted to do that to Straily or Griffin again.

    Comment by baycommuter — December 8, 2012 @ 11:42 am

  14. I think this is the right analysis. McCarthy has a lot of injuries on his jacket. He is a lot of fun as a personality, but paying 15MM for him to fill out the rotation is steep. You’re hoping for 40 starts out of 66? So you have 26 to make up immediately. Maybe its a play on moving all the blue chip pitchers into place slowly. Come fill in for McCarthy kid.

    Comment by Shankbone — December 8, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

  15. With the move to the NL and a lack of offensive juggernauts in the NL West, we could easily see McCarthy post his 2011 K/9 and BB/9 rates. What worries me more about his rate stats are his HR/9 and GB% since Chase is very hitter friendly.

    Comment by Chris — December 8, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

  16. I was shocked he didn’t get way more AAV. I figured 3 years $30 million. I’m stunned that the Pirates weren’t in at the price tag he received.

    Comment by Pirates Hurdles — December 9, 2012 @ 8:06 am

  17. What’s the WAR of the Air Jordans?

    Comment by Cuban Pete — December 10, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

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