Yankees acquire McCarthy from Diamondbacks

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm •  Published: July 6, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — The New York Yankees acquired help for their depleted rotation on Sunday by acquiring veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Arizona.

The Diamondbacks also are sending New York cash in Sunday's deal for left-hander Vidal Nuno.

The move comes after Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia had a setback with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee. New York was unable to work out a trade this week for the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija, who instead was dealt to Oakland.

McCarthy, who turns 31 on Monday, was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA with Arizona this season. In nine seasons with the White Sox, Rangers, A's and Diamondbacks, McCarthy is 45-60 with a 4.21 ERA.

"McCarthy is an experienced starter that we expect to pitch well for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I know he's had his struggles, but he's seemed to turn it around. He has a good arm. His last few starts have been pretty good."

McCarthy won his past two starts, allowing a combined total of three runs in wins over the Padres and Pirates. He opened the season with six straight losses.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sought an upgrade to the rotation for weeks. Sabathia is out indefinitely, possibly for the season, and the Yankees also lost Ivan Nova to Tommy John surgery.

McCarthy said he was informed of the deal after he reported for Sunday's game against the Braves. He will leave the last-place Diamondbacks and join a playoff race with New York.

"It's something I'm really excited about," McCarthy said.

McCarthy said he is sad to be leaving Arizona, but added the move to New York is special.

"It's still the Yankees, no matter what," McCarthy said. "If you don't know baseball, you know the Yankees."

McCarthy planned to fly from Atlanta to meet the Yankees in Cleveland, where they open a series on Monday.

Nuno, 26, was 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA in 17 games, including 14 starts, with the Yankees. He was hurt by allowing 15 homers — including 13 at home — in 78 innings this season.

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