LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers made official the signing of free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year contract on Tuesday, worth $48 million. Thanks to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, we have the contract details.
McCarthy will get a $6 million signing bonus, plus salaries of $11 million in 2015, $11 million in 2016, $10 million in 2017 and $10 million in 2018.
The signing bonus will be paid in equal installments on Jan. 15 and Feb. 15, 2015, per the Associated Press, which also reported a conditional club option for 2019:
The Dodgers get some injury protection in the form of a conditional club option at $5 million if he spends 180 or more days on disabled list as a result of an injury to his pitching shoulder related to stress fracture or a reaction injury during 2015-18. The option price would increase to $8 million if the DL time is from 120-179 days from 2015-18.
The right-hander made $9 million in 2014 in the final season of a two-year, $15.5 million contract.
The $17 million outlay for McCarthy in 2015 puts the Dodgers at roughly $229 million for next year, before considering any money received in the Jimmy Rollins trade or the salaries of the five remaining players eligible for salary arbitration. Of course, it is still only Dec. 16, still two months from spring training beginning, and nearly four months from opening day.
General manager Farhan Zaidi stopped short of saying the Dodgers were done for the offseason after their flurry of moves of late.
"Today we have a better feel for and a greater comfort level for what our 25-man roster might look like. We addressed a lot of points of need. But it's hard for me to say we're done or we feel like we've done everything we need to do," Zaidi said on Tuesday. "Even in this process, over the last month or so, moves we didn't think were possible came to the forefront and we were able to execute on. I think it's possible that other opportunities could wind up being things we think about a week, two weeks or a month from now."
Looking down the road a bit, the Dodgers now have $108 million committed to seven players (Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, McCarthy, Yasiel Puig, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Erisbel Arruebrrena) in 2018.