Currently working on his eighth carrer DL stint in just six years in the big leagues, Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy knows that his job security is far from set, despite his solid work when he is actually in uniform. He will be a free agent after this year is over, and could very well take off for greener pasturers (no pun intended.)
But as reported by the San Francisco Chronicles' Susan Slusser, McCarthy would love to remain an Athletic for as long as possible, though knows his health history will certainly play a large factor in contract negotiations, likely looking at one laden with incentives instead of security:
"It's something I'm not at all opposed to," McCarthy said. "I like it here. The fans have been great with me and with Amanda, I like the guys on the team, and I'd like to be around guys likeTommy Milone and Jarrod Parker and be part of something here."
"The idea of being a hired gun every year is not something I'm comfortable with, but it's got to be something that makes sense for both sides."
McCarthy, who turns 29 this coming Saturday, was 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA before hitting the DL once again with a shoulder injury.