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?

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.