DODGERS CLOSE TO FOUR YEAR DEAL WITH BRANDON McCARTHY

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San Diego.  The Dodgers are talking to Brandon McCarthy’s agent about a four year deal.

McCarthy had a 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.

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