Former Oakland A's right-hander Brandon McCarthy and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year deal worth $15.5 million, per D-backs beat reporter Nick Piecoro.
In 2013, McCarthy will be returning from a skull fracture he sustained after being hit in the head by a line drive. He underwent surgery and was cleared for all baseball activities back in November, after 20 hours of testing. Of course, the deal depends on the results of a physical. McCarthy has had some shoulder issues in the past that could also be a concern. The D-backs are now loaded with starting pitching strength, adding McCarthy to a rotation that includes Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley, Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs.