By Don Leypoldt
October 21, 2012- WEEI reported today that Toronto Blue Jay right hander David Carpenter was to be included as compensation in the deal that sends Boston Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles to Toronto and Toronto manager John Farrell to the Olde Town Team.
This is the second blockbuster deal that has involved Carpenter, a 2005 Vermont Mountaineer, in the last three months. Carpenter was involved in the 10-player trade between Houston and Toronto on July 20th in which the former Astro moved north of the border.
Carpenter made his Big League debut for Houston on June 30, 2011. As an Astro, the Morgantown WV-native and West Virginia Mountaineer had a 4.55 ERA in 64 games. He saved one, striking out 56 in 57.2 innings.
When the St. Louis Cardinals selected Carpenter in the 12th round of the 2006 Draft, he was a catcher. The summer before, suiting up for Vermont, Carpenter hit just .131 but he threw out 30% of would be base runners and fielded at a .960 clip. For more on Carpenter’s time in the NECBL, please see the exclusive interview he gave NECBL.com last year:
Carpenter joins three other NECBL graduates on the Red Sox 40-man roster: catcher Ryan Lavarnway, fellow righty Andrew Bailey and left handed pitcher Craig Breslow.