Free agent right-hander Brandon McCarthy is drawing interest
from “several teams,” including the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Toronto
Blue Jays, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
McCarthy, who was among the
league's top starters when healthy, also has drawn immediate interest; numerous
teams, including the Cubs, White Sox and Blue Jays, are seeking
McCarthy spent the 2012 season with the Oakland Athletics.
When he was healthy, the 29-year-old was extremely effective. However, the
right-hander struggled to remain on the field, as he was sidelined twice
throughout the season due to a shoulder issue.
After finally overcoming his lingering arm problem, McCarthy
was hit in the head by a line drive. It turned into a potentially
life-threatening situation, and the right-hander wouldn’t return for Oakland.
While he’s expected to be full-go by the time spring training
rolls around, McCarthy has proven an injury risk. Still, he’s been solid over
the past two seasons in Oakland, posting an ERA and WHIP 3.29 and 1.179 over 43
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