In addition to acquiring John Farrell from the Blue Jays to be their 46th manager, the Red Sox also acquired righthander David Carpenter from Toronto.
Carpenter, who turned 27 in July, was originally drafted by the Cardinals in 2006 out of West Virginia University as a catcher before converting to pitching in 2008. He was traded to Houston in August 2010, and from Houston to Toronto in July as part of a 10-player deal.
He made his big league debut in 2011. In 67 major league games, spanning 60 innings, all in relief, between the Astros and Jays, Carpenter has posted a combined record of 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA and one save.
In 2012, he made nine major league appearances, eight with the Astros, one with the Jays, posting a combined record of 0-2 with an 8.07 ERA, giving up 29 earned runs in 32 13 innings. He made 23 minor league appearances last season between Houstons and Torontos Triple-A teams, both in the Pacific Coast League, going 1-1, with a 3.08 ERA and four saves, spanning 26 13 innings.
Hes a guy thats got a really good arm, he just doesnt know how to pitch yet, said one evaluator. In the Houston organization, a guy with a good arm, he was rushed through the system. And he just has to learn how to pitch. Hes not that young of a guy but he is to pitching. And hes still learning how to pitch. But, he throws about 94 to 97 mph. So his velocity is alright.
Brad Mills, the former Red Sox bench coach, was the Astros manager while Carpenter was in the organization.
Hes a great kid, hard worker. Hell do anything you want, Mills said. He just needs more time. Hes a guy that has a lot of potential. I like David.
In a conference call Sunday afternoon, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Carpenter likely would have been taken off their 40-man roster.