The World Series is over, and unless you hate sports (which you probably don't, since you are reading this), you know the San Francisco Giants have just won their second World Series title in the past three seasons.
Now the fun begins for all of us that are fans of trams that generally have little to no chance each season. Though there are no games being played, the off season is ironically one of my favorite parts of baseball. That is because for a brief period of time I think there is hope that the Kansas City Royals will do moves that will move them closer to contender than perennial pretender.
One interesting name this off season is free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy, recently of the Oakland Athletics. Now McCarthy is arbitration eligible, so there is an asterisk next to his name when discussing free agency. So basically, take all of this with a grain of salt at the moment.
The 29-year-old has bounced around between three American League teams in his seven year career, that has seen him post a career record of 37-39 with a 4.02 ERA. Because of injuries over the last two seasons, he has been limited to just 281.2 innings pitched. That may be one advantage for teams hoping that he does indeed become a free agent.
Since McCarthy went to Oakland prior to 2011, he has greatly seen his numbers improve. In part that is due to the big ballpark in Oakland, but also due to McCarthy adding a cutter that has seen his strikeout rate improve as well.
Because of the injuries, McCarthy will likely not earn what he potentially could have, which means it's the type of shrewd move the Kansas City Royals should make to improve their starting rotation for 2013.