ATLANTA (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Yankees on Sunday traded for pitcher Brandon McCarthy and designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment.
The Bronx Bombers bolstered their rotation by acquiring McCarthy, a right-hander, from Arizona in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno. The Yankees will also pay the $1 million assignment bonus owed to McCarthy as part of the deal, CBSSports.com reported.
The move comes after Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia had a setback with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee. New York was unable to work out a trade for the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija, who instead was dealt to Oakland.
McCarthy, who turns 31 on Monday, was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA with Arizona this season. In nine seasons with the White Sox, Rangers, A’s and Diamondbacks, McCarthy is 45-60 with a 4.21 ERA.
McCarthy, informed of the trade before Sunday’s game against the Braves, plans to meet the Yankees in Cleveland.
Meanwhile, manager Joe Girardi announced that Soriano has been designated for assignment. The team now has 10 days to trade, release or waive the 38-year-old outfielder.
Soriano is batting .221 with six home runs this season. He started his big league career with the Yankees, playing in New York from 1999-03. He was reacquired in a trade last season with the Cubs.
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