Done Deal: the Dodgers sign Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million deal

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The Dodgers have signed right-hander Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million deal. Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal. The Dodgers announced it just after 10PM Pacific time Wednesday night.

McCarthy has a rough-looking 4.24 ERA in 335 innings since the beginning of the 2013 season, but he finished strong after the July 6 trade that sent him from the Diamondbacks to the Yankees, posting a 2.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 82/13 K/BB ratio in his final 90 1/3 innings. The 31-year-old also pitched well in 2011-2012 with Oakland, turning in a 3.29 ERA over 43 starts. A shoulder injury (and power-friendly home park) can be blamed for his struggles in Arizona.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that McCarthy used to talk sabermetrics with new Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi when Zaidi and McCarthy were both employed by the A’s.

McCarthy is a hit on social media, and so is his wife Amanda. LA reality show coming?

Padres fire Andy Green

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The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.

Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:

I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.

In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.

“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”

Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.

For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.