Brandon McCarthy signs with Arizona Diamondbacks

While the 2012

Major League Baseball

season was arguably

Brandon McCarthy

's most impressive, it was also one in which he was yet again plagued by injuries.

But it was seemingly the former that the

Arizona Diamondbacks

took note off, as they signed the Glendale native to a two-year contract worth $15.5 million, pending a physical, on Friday.


“We were trying to target a guy that we thought was a [No.] 1, 2 or 3 [starter] and this guy was at the top of the rotation for a team last year ... that won the

AL West

and had one of the best records in baseball,” Arizona General Manager

Kevin Towers


McCarthy, a 29-year-old right-hander, was 8-6 last season through 18 starts for the

Oakland Athletics

, tallying a 3.24 earned-run average. However, his season came to an end Sept. 5 when he was struck in the head by a line drive hit by

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim


Erick Aybar

. McCarthy suffered a


of the skull and a brain contusion. McCarthy has also had a history of right elbow and right shoulder problems throughout his career.

McCarthy is likely to compete for a spot in the top of a rotation along with incumbents

Ian Kennedy


Trevor Cahill


Wade Miley


“He's somebody we've been watching for a long time. We tried to sign him two years ago before Oakland did,” Towers told “He's got good command of his fastball, which is paramount for us, especially in our ballpark, and it allowed us to add a veteran starter without having to move any of our young pitching depth.”

Over a seven-season career with the A’s,

Chicago White Sox


Texas Rangers

, McCarthy is 37-39 with a 4.02 ERA.

Reportedly, the Angels, White Sox,

Minnesota Twins


Kansas City Royals


Chicago Cubs


Boston Red Sox

had also shown interest in McCarthy.