Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/7/12
Major League Baseball’s favorite Twitter account is taking his act to Arizona. Conventional wisdom states that second-tier pitchers (i.e. anyone who isn’t Zack Greinke) were waiting around for Greinke to sign and determine the market for their services. Well, not Brandon McCarthy, apparently. According to multiple reports and and as first reported by Arizona talk radio host John Gambadoro, McCarthy has signed a two-year deal with the Diamondbacks for about $15 million. McCarthy was at the top of many team’s Christmas wishlists — including the Red Sox — but his injury history likely kept his market from exploding. McCarthy was having a second consecutive stellar season for the Oakland Athletics in 2012 when a line drive off the bat of the Angels’ Erick Aybar found McCarthy’s head, ending his season prematurely. McCarthy is 17-15 with a 3.29 ERA in 43 starts over the last two seasons. McCarthy has also become well known around baseball for his Twitter persona, where he often cracks jokes and trades sarcastic barbs with his wife.
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