|On the heels of the franchise's first 90-loss season since 1966, the Red Sox started their offseason early by selecting a replacement for deposed manager Bobby Valentine. Before the World Series matchup had even been determined, Boston announced that it had hired manager John Farrell away from the Blue Jays and signed him to a three-year deal that runs through 2015.
The two sides agreed to a minor trade that settled the matter of compensation for Farrell, whom the Blue Jays had under contract for 2013. The Red Sox sent shortstop Mike Aviles to Toronto for 26-year-old righty reliever David Carpenter. Aviles lost playing time to rookie Jose Iglesias in Boston during the second half and appeared destined for more utility work next season.
Farrell served as Red Sox pitching coach from 2007 through 2010, after which point the Blue Jays hired him as manager. The 49-year-old guided Toronto to a 154-170 (.475) record in his first two seasons as a manager.
|Red Sox Acquire|
|David Carpenter, rhp
Age: 26. Born: Jul 15, 1985 in Morgantown, W.Va.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 215.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: West Virginia
Career Transactions: Selected by Cardinals in 12th round of 2006 draft; signed June 13, 2006 ... Traded by Cardinals to Astros for 3B Pedro Feliz and cash, Aug. 19, 2010 ... Traded by Astros with RHP Brandon Lyon and LHP J.A. Happ to Blue Jays for RHPs Francisco Cordero, Asher Wojciechowski and Joe Musgrove, OF Ben Francisco, C Carlos Perez, LHP David Rollins and a player to be named, July 20, 2012; Astros acquired RHP Kevin Comer (Aug. 16, 2012).
Carpenter was involved in the 10-player mega-trade between the Astros and Blue Jays in July, and since he appeared in just 19 games since then, a portion of his previous Trade Central review is presented here.
The Cardinals selected Carpenter as a catcher in the 12th round of the 2006 draft, but he batted just .208/.266/.289 in three seasons, at which point St. Louis converted him to the mound. The move paid off when Carpenter advanced to high Class A as a closer in 2010, then again when he served as the trade chip that brought Pedro Feliz to the Cardinals that August. Carpenter made his big league debut with Houston less than a year later, striking out 29 in 27 2/3 innings and then making the club out of 2012 spring training. Carpenter pitched effectively in stints for two Triple-A clubs this season, though he got bombed in the big leagues for both the Astros and Blue Jays (8.07 ERA, 2.07 WHIP in 32 innings). He has more upside than most 26-year-old sophomore relievers, given his position player past and his present arm strength (mid-90s fastball, mid-80s slider).
|Blue Jays Acquire|
|Mike Aviles, ss
Age: 31. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for 2013-14 seasons ($1.2 million salary in 2012).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.