Originally written on MLB Buzz  |  Last updated 11/15/14
If you were the general manager of a contending team, would you take a chance on Athletics right-hander Brandon McCarthy? On one hand, McCarthy actually is superior to both Brewers righty Zack Greinke and Phillies lefty Cole Hamels this season in ERA-plus (ERA adjusted to league and ballpark). On the other hand, McCarthy suffers from recurring shoulder problems, and is on the disabled list for the second time this season with a strained right shoulder. The Athletics, who also are awaiting the returns of righty Bartolo Colon and lefty Brett Anderson, will be willing to move McCarthy once he is healthy, according to major-league sources. All three pitchers are expected back after the All-Star break. Colon is recovering from a strained right oblique, while Anderson is coming off Tommy John surgery. McCarthy, who turns 29 on July 7, is brilliant when he pitches – witness his 2.54 ERA in 12 starts. But a team that acquired him might need to give him extra rest or skip a start as preventive measures. The Athletics are under no financial pressure to make trades, sources say. Both McCarthy and Colon are potential free agents, with McCarthy earning $4.275 million this season and Colon $2 million. The A’s also are open to moving right-handed setup man Grant Balfour, but likely for a higher acquisition cost – the team has control of Balfour for another season, and can retain him by exercising his $4.5 million club option. Outfielder/DH Seth Smith, who is earning $2.415 million and under club control through 2014, is unlikely to be traded, a source said. -30-
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Report: 49ers to part ways with Harbaugh after season finale

Brad Stevens shoots down rumors he's headed to Hoosiers

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Tony Romo leads Dallas Cowboys to NFC East title

Ole Miss QB arrested after fighting, threatening bouncers

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch's ridiculous TD run

WATCH: Steelers' Gay draws flag for taunting teammate

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.