McCarthy waiting for chips to fall
Though right-hander Brandon McCarthy should get plenty of attention this winter, the free agent is reportedly waiting for other starters around him to sign before making any moves.
CBSSports.com‘s Jon Heyman reported that the Yankees — McCarthy’s club for the second half of the season — have engaged him in contract talks, but he’s inclined to sit back and wait for other free agents such as Jon Lester, James Shields and Max Scherzer to sign first. McCarthy will be highly sought-after, but as a middle-of-the-rotation kind of starter who will fit in behind those aforementioned aces.
McCarthy, 31, has pitched for three different clubs (Oakland, Arizona, New York) in the last three seasons. After a mediocre 2013 and first half of 2014 with the D-backs, he pitched extremely well for the Yankees in the second half of last year, going 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA.
— Joey Nowak