Arizona Diamondbacks have signed another player to kick off their new season. In their latest effort to strengthen their squad, the powerhouse Major League Baseball Team has signed a two-year deal with Pitcher Brandon McCarthy. The deal is rumored to stand at a whopping US$15.5 million and will surely be a big pay day for the 29 year old player subject to his physical.
The right handed starter McCarthy made his professional debut at 22 years of age with the Boston White Sox in a game against Chicago Cubs. McCarthy played several temporary spots before he was awarded a permanent spot on the team the following year as a reliever.In late 2006 McCarthy was traded to the Texans Rangers along with teammate David Paisano. His first full season with the Rangers was plagued with injuries most notably a dislocated shoulder blade that kept him away from the action for nearly two months. His bad luck continued when the Pitcher developed an inflammation in his right elbow during spring training sessions and as a result had to sit out most of the 2008 season.In December 2010 Brandon McCarthy signed with Oakland Athletics as a free agent. McCarthy focused his attention on his throwing mechanics and his hard work paid off when he had his most successful professional season when he pitched 25 games with 5 full games. He expanded his already devastating arsenal with 2 fast balls and a cutter which helped improve his ground ball percentage and season stats. The pitcher concluded that season with the lowest FIP among starters of the American League.McCarthy had to encounter one of the scariest injuries of the 2012 season when a line drive by Erick Aybar struck him on the head and fractured his skull. The injury resulted in a brain contusion and a hemorrhage. Fortunately the player was able to make a full recovery and will join former Oakland teammate Trevor Cahill in Arizona. The Pitcher will be the fourth starter for the Diamondbacks behind Cahill, Miley and Kennedy.Sports analysts are already calling this a blockbuster deal citing the depth McCarthy will bring to the starting rotation and believe that recovery of Pitcher Daniel Hudson can potentially put Diamondbacks in a position to start trading starting pitchers.
If the rumors are to be believed Diamondbacks Right Fielder Justin Upton might get traded off this season. At 25 years of age the talented player has already had several injuries especially to his right shoulder. His career stats dropped last season and he finished with .280 hitting and 17 home runs, and 671 RBI with a .785 OPS. The player sat out most of the 2010 season after he suffered a partial tear of the labrum in his left shoulder. However, his remaining contract which spans another two years will bag him US$28.75 million which is double the amount he made in the 2012 season.The Diamondbacks are surely making some moves and their aim is to add another World Series Title to their credit. Thanks to their explosive offensive tactics the team has developed a huge fan-base that goes in frenzy every time popular website TicketVistas starts selling discounted Arizona Diamondbacks Tickets. Only time will tell what the future holds for the D-backs.