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.
Evan Drellich explains why he is not ready to be concerned about Rick Porcello following a loss to the Twins.
BOSTON - Adalberto Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.
Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one. On Friday night at Cleveland, the rookie left-hander held the Indians to two hits over five innings in a victory.
Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save.
Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. It was his 14th straight start going at least six innings, the AL's longest active streak.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was back in the dugout after serving a one-game suspension Tuesday for poking umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an argument Saturday.