Brandon McCarthy won't be returning to the A's, who reportedly lost the free-agent pitcher to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.
McCarthy, 29, has agreed to a two-year, $15.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in a deal first reported by 620 KTAR in Phoenix.
McCarthy, almost as well known for his Twitter expertise as his pitching prowess, went 17-15 with a 3.29 ERA over two seasons with Oakland, including 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA this year. His 2012 season was cut short by a serious head injury suffered when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of the Angels' Erick Aybar. McCarthy underwent emergency brain surgery and missed out on the A's postseason.
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