Eleven-plus months ago, on January 1, the Braves traded David Carpenter to the Yankees. Lefty Chasen Shreve also went to New York in exchange for young left-handed starter Manny Banuelos.
Carpenter didn't work out in New York, but that didn't deter the Braves from signing him. Atlanta will give Carpenter a chance to get his old job back, as they are signing the free agent reliever. It is a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training as a non-roster player.
Carpenter was originally selected off waivers from the Red Sox by Atlanta in November, 2012. He spent the 2013 season in the Atlanta bullpen and was outstanding, pitching in 56 games and registering a 1.78 ERA. He allowed just 45 hits in 65.2 innings, with 20 walks and 74 strikeouts.
Then in 2014, Carpenter pitched in 65 games for the Braves and had a 3.54 ERA. He allowed 61 hits in 61 innings, with 16 walks and 67 strikeouts.
After his trade to the Yankees, Carpenter struggled for his new team. He pitched in 22 games and had a 4.82 ERA, with only 11 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. The Yankees then traded Carpenter in June to the Nationals. He pitched in eight games for Washington and had a 1.50 ERA. After the Nationals took Carpenter off the 40-man roster, he became a free agent.
The 30-year-old Carpenter will join what is expected to be a crowded field of bullpen candidates next spring. The Braves acquired left-hander Ian Krol from the Tigers in a trade earlier Friday.
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