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?

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.