Injury-plagued pitcher Brandon McCarthy agreed to a $650,000, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
McCarthy, who was eligible for salary arbitration, missed the first four months of last season because of right forearm inflammation, then pitched only 22 innings in his five starts (1-1, 4.09 ERA) in August and September. His last appearance was Sept. 15, then he didn't pitch again because of a strained flexor tendon in his right middle finger
In 2007, his first season with the Rangers, McCarthy was limited to 23 games (22 starts) because of blisters on his pitching hand and a stress fracture in his right shoulder blade.
The Rangers acquired McCarthy from the Chicago White Sox in December 2006 for John Danks, a Texas native and 2003 first-round draft pick. Danks earned a spot in Chicago's rotation in 2007 and the hard-throwing lefty was 12-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts last season.
With McCarthy's deal completed, three Texas players remained eligible to file for arbitration Thursday: outfielder Marlon Byrd, right-hander Frank Francisco and lefty C.J. Wilson.
McCarthy is among 19 pitchers from the Rangers organization scheduled to participate next week in a winter development camp with new pitching coach Mike Maddux.
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