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A’s “closing in on finishing a deal” with Brandon McCarthy

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SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 19: Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy #20 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the MLB spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 19, 2010 in Surprise, Arizona. The Indians defeated the Rangers 12-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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In addition to being on the verge of signing Hideki Matsui the A’s are also “closing in on finishing a deal” with Brandon McCarthy, according to Buster Olney of

McCarthy has a lengthy injury history and was limited to 56 innings this season--all in the minors--because of a stress fracture in his shoulder, but last month there were reports of at least a half-dozen teams scouting him in the Dominican winter league and McCarthy pitched well there.

He’s still just 27 years old and in between all the injuries McCarthy has a 4.56 ERA in 373 career innings despite calling a pair of hitter-friendly ballparks home in Texas and Chicago, so if healthy he should like pitching in Oakland.

UPDATE: The Athletics just announced that they have agreed to terms with McCarthy on a one-year contract. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the deal is worth $1 million guaranteed, plus some additional incentives.