Brandon McCarthy staying in AL West?

Former Rangers RHP Brandon McCarthy is close to a deal with the Oakland A's, according to our colleagues at ESPN.com. The report also notes that Hideki Matsui is also close to signing with Oakland, which would keep him in the AL West for another year.

It was nearly four years ago (the trade was completed on Dec. 23, 2006) that GM Jon Daniels traded pitching prospects John Danks, Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner for McCarthy. The thought at the time was that McCarthy was further along in his progression to the majors than Danks. But McCarthy couldn't stay healthy. He didn't pitch in the majors in 2010 and from 2007 to 2009 as a Ranger, McCarthy was 13-15 with a 4.68 ERA in 221 innings pitched. He pitched at least seven innings just four times in his Rangers' career, all of them in 2009.

Maybe a change of scenery will help McCarthy. The same could be said about Matsui. His numbers weren't bad in 2010 for the Angels: .274 average with 21 homers and 84 RBIs. But he didn't have nearly the impact that Vladimir Guerrero did in Texas after the Angels let him go.