Another day, another free agent case to consider. Yesterday it was Chase Headley, the crown jewel of Cash’s position player haul from the 2014 trade deadline. Today it’s Brandon McCarthy, the equally shiny jewel of the pitching acquisitions. McCarthy was outstanding in 14 starts for the Yankees this season, at times pitching like an ace. That performance was surely enough to earn him a new deal somewhere next year. Was it enough to convince the Yankees that they should be the ones to give him that new deal?
- Sneaky Goodness- Pitched to a 2.89/3.22/2.85 slash line in 90.1 IP as a Yankee in 2014; has 4 straight seasons of 3.76 FIP values or lower; has averaged 2.775 fWAR per season since the start of 2011; career 5.9% BB rate. He ain’t Lester or Scherzer, but he ain’t some bum either.
- Mid-Rotation Uncertainty- Nova won’t be ready for the start of 2015, Sabathia might not be.