Earlier this week, Shawn Kelley hinted to the media that Brian Cashman was going to make a move following his trade to the San Diego Padres. Now we know what Kelley was talking about and who was involved in the second trade.
Yesterday afternoon, the Yankees traded away former Killer B prospect Manny Banuelos to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve. Carpenter is most likely a lock for a bullpen spot when he comes into Spring Training and Shreve is more likely to acquire a bullpen spot in Spring Training. But what do we know about Carpenter? The Yankees sent out a press release yesterday on David Carpenter’s MLB back story.
Carpenter, 29, went 6-4 with three saves and a 3.54 ERA (61.0IP, 61H, 24ER, 16BB, 67K, 5HR) in a career-high 65 relief appearances with the Braves in 2014. In 29.1IP over 29 games following the All-Star break, he held opponents to a .155 batting average (16-for-103) and .207 on-base percentage.
A native of West Virginia who attended West Virginia University, Carpenter was originally selected by the Cardinals in the 12th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Over 188 career appearances with Houston (2011-12), Toronto (2012) and Atlanta (2013-14), he has a 11-10 record with four saves and a 3.62 ERA (186.2IP, 185H, 75ER, 65BB, 201K, 18HR).
The Yankees project David Carpenter as a slightly better arm than Kelley. Carpenter doesn’t walk a lot of batters and he was decent for the Braves last season–he even earned an endorsement from Brian McCann when Brian Cashman wanted to make the deal. It’s too early to tell how big of an impact Carpenter will be, but this was a good under the radar deal for the Yankees, and it could be the move that bolsters the Yankees bullpen.