Diamondbacks trade Brandon McCarthy to Yankees
The Arizona Diamondbacks patience with Brandon McCarthy has finally run thin as he was traded Sunday to the New York Yankees in exchange for left-handed starting pitcher Vidal Nuno. McCarthy, 30, has struggled mightily throughout the season, his (3-10) record and 5.01 ERA in 18 starts certainly display that inconsistency. Though he won both of his last two starts McCarthy has given up 15 home runs on the season which is the sixth most in the National League.
GM Kevin Towers and Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa have shown with these two recent trades that the D-backs youth movement is in full swing. The Diamondbacks played it smart deciding to trade McCarthy after two victorious starts because it more than likely brought them more trade options. McCarthy did not seem very comfortable in the National League considering he played his first seven seasons in the American League on the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. It is unfortunate to think but McCarthy has never been the same since he was beamed in the head by a line drive back in 2012.
In return for McCarthy the D-backs received Vidal Nuno a left-handed pitcher who has the versatility to be a starting pitcher or come out of the bullpen. He has had his fair share of struggles this season as well with a (2-5) record and 5.42 ERA in 14 starts and has ironically also given up 15 home runs. It is important to remember that he is only 26 and went (1-2) with a 2.25 ERA in three starts (five appearances) when he debuted last season for the Yanks in just 20 innings. Nuno is still raw since he is a rookie in a sense and could very well need some time down in Triple-A Reno, but he has the talent to become an eventual starter near the end of the D-backs rotation.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK