Five More Potential Free Agents

SATURDAY, 10:47am: CBSSports.com reports that German, Mathis, and McCarthy all refused the minor league assignments and elected to become free agents. 

FRIDAY, 3:54pm: Two White Sox will soon hit free agency and a trio of Rangers could join them before long. Left-hander Randy Williams and catcher Donny Lucy were outrighted and will soon become free agents, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin (on Twitter).

Meanwhile, the Rangers outrighted Esteban German, Doug Mathis and Brandon McCarthy off of the 40-man roster and all three can become free agents, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. McCarthy was a non-tender candidate, though he's just 27, made 17 useful starts for the Rangers last year and posted a 3.36 ERA at Triple-A in 2010.


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  1. Teams will be after McCarthy if he doesn’t accept his demotion.

    • bbxxj 5 years ago

      Teams with for sure open rotation spots like the Royals, Pirates and Brewers will be making claims on him and for good reason.

      • rockfordone 5 years ago

        Their free agents – they need their checkbooks

      • Durf 5 years ago

        McCarthy needs to go to the NL in a park like Petco…look what it did for Garland

    • Mike 5 years ago

      I hope said teams enjoy watching him get hurt 3 times a season.

    • Joe Mama 5 years ago

      They can have him. He is OK, if he is not hurt, but never got his game good enough to get out of AAA this year.

  2. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    The braves need to go after German. The dude can pretty much play any position except catcher and pitcher.

  3. rockfordone 5 years ago

    Good-bye Randy and Donny u pretty much sucked. I’d like to get McCarthy back. Image if Texas had Danks. It would be Cliff who?

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      What? That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have still acquired Cliff Lee.

  4. whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

    I don’t think McCarthy is awesome, but I really think that the blister problem he had in the Texas environment was a big part of him being worthless for 5 years. I say look for him to find a city where he doesn’t have any of those issues to worry about, and he’ll wind up a good 4th rotation man if not a very good 3rd SP.

    • whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

      Down the road.

    • Joe Mama 5 years ago

      If he can’t keep from leg fractures or taint tears, or whatever else he finds himself on the DL for all year, he won’t do anyone any good. Texas blister environment? Gimme a break.

  5. Sage 5 years ago

    Brandon McCarthy + Brewers = Necessary. ‘Nuff said.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Yovani obviously, but Mark Rogers really seems like a sure thing. I’m really excited about him for next season!

      • Sage 5 years ago

        Our rotation has two sure-things in it: Yovani and Wolf. Rogers has a good shot at making the rotation, and I’m very excited about him as well. However, I’d guess that Dave Bush will not be returning, and I’d guess that Chris Capuano also will not return. That leaves a potential rotation of Yovani, Wolf, Rogers, and Narveson. McCarthy would likely be a very nice addition to that rotation, and would probably be a better option than Manny Parra at this point.

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          I really don’t like Narveson. I’d like to see someone like Chris Young also go there.

          • Sage 5 years ago

            Narveson had some struggles, but really, he went out there and performed like a 5th starter. That’s fine, if we didn’t have to use him as a 3rd or 4th starter. I would not mind Chris Young (if he comes cheap), but I’d rather see a bit more youth (perhaps from a Fielder trade) infused into the rotation.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Yovani/Holland/Rogers/McCarthy/Wolf

          • Sage 5 years ago

            I like the rotation, but I guarantee Wolf would be the 2nd or 3rd starter, especially if he performs like he did the second half of last season.

          • Sage 5 years ago

            I like the rotation, but I guarantee Wolf would be the 2nd or 3rd starter, especially if he performs like he did the second half of last season.

  6. White Sox officially win the Danks-McCarthy deal.

    • Soxman17 5 years ago

      Don’t forget the Sox got Nick Massett in that deal too, though he didn’t work out for them, and was parlayed to the Reds for Griffey.

    • Soxman17 5 years ago

      Don’t forget the Sox got Nick Massett in that deal too, though he didn’t work out for them, and was parlayed to the Reds for Griffey.

    • There was no doubt about that one year into it.

  7. McCarthy could be a nice fit for the Dbacks, he could try as a starter and pitch there until Jarrod Parker is ready, then he could go into the bullpen and be used as a spot starter.

  8. daveineg 5 years ago

    McCarthy is a decent fit to replace Dave Bush in the Brewer rotation. Aside from health, he’s not dissimilar to Bush 3-4 years ago. When healthy, he’s put up serviceable numbers in hitter’s parks in Chicago and Texas. I think he’ll come at a reasonable cost also.

    Of course the real issue for the Brewers is coming up with that additional guy who can ideally be a number 2 to fit between Gallardo and Wolf. McCarthy’s not that guy but he can fill a 4-5 role with Narveson and buy a little time for Rogers to work on command for a couple of months.

  9. lstsnow 5 years ago

    Great glad he is gone

  10. Sky14 5 years ago

    I think Mccarthy will end up with the Pirates, Their pitching depth is awful and Mccarthy would actually be an upgrade

  11. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

    Yeah. hasn’t he had stress fractures in his shoulder-twice? He’s had numerous other injuries as well. I think McCarthy’s body is trying to tell him that pitching really isn’t his thing.

    He’s the best fit for a team that really doesn’t need him. Then they just take what they get, and bring in the next guy.

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