Diamondbacks sign TJ McFarland to 1-year deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that they have signed left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland to a one-year deal.

The southpaw was on a minors deal with Arizona last season, but he made the jump to the majors a few weeks into the regular season.

The 28-year-old wound up making a career-high 43 appearances in 2017, finishing the season 4-5 with a 5.33 ERA and 1.519 WHIP with 29 strikeouts against 17 walks. Barely moving the needle on his WAR over his career, McFarland’s minus-0.9 mark this past season put him at minus-0.8 overall.

The left-hander spent four major league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, getting there by way of the Rule 5 draft. McFarland’s best season came in 2014, when he whipped up a 4-2 record, 2.76 ERA and 0.4 WAR over the course of 37 appearances. His run with Baltimore came to an end once he was released at the end of February.

Over his career, the left-handed reliever is 16-12 with a 4.49 ERA to go along with 154 strikeouts in contrast to 86 walks.

The Diamondbacks exceeded just about everyone’s expectations by season’s end. The club seized a berth to the postseason and advanced to the NLDS with a win over the Colorado Rockies in the Wild Card Game. However, the tank of magic ran out of gas in the divisional round when the Diamondbacks were ousted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who represented the NL in the World Series before losing to the Houston Astros.

Thanks to finishing more than 20 games over .500 with a 93-69 record, manager Torey Lovullo was named NL Manager of the Year.

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