Andrew Friedman is not messing around.
The Dodgers president of baseball operations was firing on all cylinders Wednesday afternoon.
It started when he traded for shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Then he somehow managed to turn Dee Gordon’s career year into Andrew Heaney. Mere hours later, Heaney was flipped to the cross-town Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick. Finally, to cap off his evening, Friedman has reportedly signed free agent starter Brandon McCarthy.
The contract is reportedly a four-year, $48 million deal.
Six months ago, it looked like McCarthy would be lucky to get a minor league contract.
McCarthy, 31, was in the midst of a year and a half stretch in Arizona that saw him get lit up to the tune of a 4.75 ERA, 1.361 WHIP, and eight wins in 244.2 innings. Admittedly, it did come with a 4.12 K/BB ratio and a FIP of 3.78 that indicates he was pitching better than his inflated ERA.
In July, McCarthy was traded to the New York Yankees and he turned things around in a big way after he began using his cutter, a pitch he’d been discouraged from throwing with the Diamondbacks.
Once he donned the pinstripes, McCarthy proceeded to win seven games with a 2.89 ERA, 1.151 WHIP, 82/13 K/BB in 90.1 great innings over 14 starts, posting a 134 ERA+, the highest mark of his career.
That late season renaissance was seemingly enough to convince Friedman that McCarthy is the right guy to round out what appears to be a rotation with championship aspirations.
McCarthy figures to slot in the back of the Dodgers rotation with Hyun-Jin Ryu behind dual aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.