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?

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.