Cubs interested in Brandon McCarthy?

It was mentioned last night that the Cubs are interested in Brandon McCarthy. I have two things to say.

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury
9/6/12 10/12/12 DtdDL 36 26 - Head Surgery
6/20/12 8/10/12 15-DL 51 43 Right Shoulder Strain
6/8/12 6/19/12 DTD 11 9 Right Shoulder Soreness
5/18/12 6/2/12 15-DL 15 13 Right Shoulder Strain
5/3/12 5/12/12 DTD 9 7 Right Shoulder Soreness
3/21/12 3/28/12 Camp 7 0 Left Fingers Laceration
8/12/11 8/12/11 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion
5/19/11 7/3/11 15-DL 45 41 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture
7/29/10 11/1/10 60-DL 95 61 Right Shoulder Recovery From Stress Fracture
6/20/10 7/29/10 Minors 39 0 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture
6/11/10 6/19/10 Minors 8 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation
4/26/10 6/3/10 Minors 38 0 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture
6/5/09 9/1/09 60-DL 88 77 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture
3/1/09 3/12/09 Camp 11 0 Right Shoulder Soreness
9/16/08 9/29/08 DTD 13 11 Right Fingers Strain
3/30/08 8/23/08 60-DL 146 129 Right Forearm Inflammation
3/3/08 3/30/08 Camp 27 0 Right Forearm Tightness
2/26/08 3/7/08 Camp 10 0 Right Elbow Soreness
9/21/07 10/1/07 DTD 10 9 Right Forearm Tightness
8/11/07 9/11/07 15-DL 31 27 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture
6/10/07 7/2/07 15-DL 22 19 Right Fingers Blisters
5/26/07 6/9/07 DTD 14 13 Right Fingers Blisters
6/16/06 6/16/06 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion

 

Year IP fWAR rWAR WARP
2005 67 0.5 1 0.1
2006 84.2 0 0.9 1
2007 101.2 1.3 0.5 0.7
2008 22 0.2 0.4 0
2009 97.1 1.4 0.6 0.1
2010 - - - -
2011 170.2 4.8 2.9 2.4
2012 111 1.8 2 1

I don't think I'd be too interested in signing this guy to a long-term contract. It obviously depends on the price, but he's had a million arm injuries and has really only been good over his last 280 innings. Those are more important than what he did in 2005, but considering the injuries and his previous ineffectiveness, I'd only get involved if he's going to be signed for 3 years and something like $20 million.

After thinking about this more, I'd stay away unless it's a 1-year deal.

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