The Tampa Bay Rays had been looking for more bullpen options. Despite a strong performance by David Carpenter, the Rays have decided he will not be an option.
David Carpenter was an intriguing signing by the Tampa Bay Rays. He had been a solid set up man during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, before injuries limited his effectiveness the following year. Carpenter was signed by the Rays last season, but was released during Spring Training. He caught on with the Angels, but was released again, never appearing in a Major League game.
Carpenter tried his luck with the Rays again this offseason, signing a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. However, the second time was not the charm, as the Rays have decided to let Carpenter go once more.
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Although Carpenter was a longshot to make the Rays bullpen, he still performed well this Spring. In 8.2 innings, he allowed only three runs on seven hits, striking out six without issuing a walk. For a team that had been looking for bullpen help, Carpenter appeared to be exactly what was needed.
Instead, he will now be looking for another opportunity elsewhere. Quite a few teams are still shopping around for relievers, and Carpenter’s strong performance this Spring could make him an enticing option. Even this late in Spring Training, teams are looking for bullpen upgrades, and Carpenter certainly looked better than what a few teams are trotting out currently.
Maybe Carpenter is not the pitcher he was in his heyday. That does not take away from the value he could have as a veteran bullpen arm, someone who has been to the postseason and has seen a great deal of action in the Majors. For a younger squad, he could be a solid mentor and help show those younger arms what it takes to be a Major Leaguer.
David Carpenter pitched well, but the Tampa Bay Rays decided to move on. It would not be a surprise to see him land elsewhere and have a role in a Major League bullpen.