If and when Oakland Athletics right-hander Brandon McCarthy returns from injury and hits the waiver wire, some of the American League teams, such as the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, in need of starting pitching are likely to "take a shot at him," reports Buster Olney of ESPN:
The Athletics have a logjam with their rotation, and you'd presume that as Brandon McCarthy makes his way back from the disabled list and hits the waiver wire -- whenever that happens -- one of the AL teams in need of starting pitching, like the Red Sox or the Orioles, would take a shot at him.
Olney notes that the A’s have a "logjam" with their rotation, as they have Brett Anderson and McCarthy nearing return from injury. Beyond their pair of disabled veterans, Oakland’s current rotation consists of several young guys, including Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone, as well as veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon. Oakland is preparing to debut another top young arm in Dan Straily tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays.
McCarthy has been solid since joining the A’s prior to the 2011 season, but the club could look to trade him to a team such as the Orioles or Red Sox in exchange for some much-needed offense.
Should the A's consider trading McCarthy?