The New York Yankees traded for David Carpenter this off-season in bundle, which also included acquiring Chasen Shreve, for the Yankees’ Minor League prospect Manny Banuelos. While Shreve has been a great addition to the Yankees bullpen, Carpenter on the other hand hasn’t been so great.
Last Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners is when the Yankees officially gave up on Carpenter. In 22 games Carpenter was 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA. When they designated him for assignment, to make room for Masahiro Tanaka, they had ten days after in which they could trade, waive, or release him. Only eight days later they managed make something out of nothing and find a trade partner in the Washington Nationals. In return, the Yankees received Minor League Infielder Tony Renda. The second round draft pick in 2012, has been playing for the Nats’ Double-A team thus far. In 54 games, he has a .267 batting average, a homer, and 23 RBIs. With a seemingly struggling group of infield talent once you get past the SWB RailRiders, this could be a great pickup for the Yankees in the future.
Though Carpenter would’ve been a valuable asset if his heater came to fruition, the Yankees should be happy to at least get this out of him. After all is set and done, the Yankees, Nationals, and Braves took part in a three team trade.
Manny Banuelos has been a star for the Braves Triple-A team, but Shreve is becoming a bigger part of what is the best bullpen in the American League for the Yankees. He is also the only thing making this trade seem like it still has a chance to be successful.
The Yankees made a couple of other roster moves in their off-day before they start their series against the Baltimore Orioles.
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