The compensation for John Farrell has been announced, and Adam Lind he ain't.
David Carpenter, a 27-year-old right-handed reliever who split last season between Houston and Toronto, is headed for Boston in exchange for Mike Aviles as part of the Farrell compensation package.
Carpenter pitched in 33 games total for the two teams and had an 0-2 record with an 8.07 ERA. As bad as his ERA was with the Astros (6.07), it was far worse with the Blue Jays -- 30.38 (9 earned runs allowed in 2 23 innings). It was questionable whether or not the Jays were going to keep Carpenter on their 40-man roster this winter.
Of course, it was expected that the player acquired by the Sox would be marginal at best, since Aviles was the compensation for Farrell and Toronto only had to send a player to Boston because MLB now prohibits player-for-non-player trades. Which made the Adam Lind rumors of late Saturday nightearly Sunday morning even more absurd . . . and makes the Carpenter acquisition completely understandable.