Various outlets have now reported that Brandon McCarthy has been traded to the New York Yankees. This now makes two trades in two days in the now open-for-business Diamondbacks fire sale after Joe Thatcher and Tony Campana were sent to the Angels yesterday.
As of the time of writing, the return for the Diamondbacks has yet to be officially confirmed, though Vidal Nuno has been a name that has been thrown around. Buster Olney is reporting that the Diamondbacks will be eating some of McCarthy's remaining salary.
The fit with the Yankees makes sense, as they are in need of any sort of pitching with C.C. Sabathia being lost for the year, and McCarthy's contract status of being a Free Agent after this season made him a very likely trade candidate for a Diamondbacks team that is not contending in 2014.
McCarthy signed a two-year deal with the Diamondbacks before the 2013 season. In 40 games started with the team he put up a record of 8-21 with a 4.75 ERA. While his traditional stats this season have not looked good, a lot of his peripherals (FIP, etc.) suggest that he should be getting better results. However, any better results will not come in a Diamondbacks uniform.
Officially confirmed by the Diamondbacks that Nuno is the return.
OFFICIAL: #Dbacks acquire LHP Vidal Nuno (vi-del noon-yo) from Yankees for RHP Brandon McCarthy and cash considerations— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 6, 2014
The 26-year old Nuno is in his second season in the Majors. He's put up a 2-5 record with a 5.42 ERA in 17 games and 14 starts.