Rays sign RHP David Carpenter to minor-league deal
The Rays added some potential bullpen depth on Friday in signing RHP David Carpenter to a minor-league deal.
Carpenter, 30, was releaased by the Braves last week.
"He's a guy that has got some experience,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ""It's a little confusing why he's available, but we'll take a chance on him. We're excited to bring him in. .... He's a guy we've seen enough of. Big arm. Could help us and put himself right in the mix here."
Carpenter has pitched parts of five seasons in the majors, logging time with the Astros, Blue Jays, Braves and last season with the Yankees and Nationals.
His career numbers are 11-11, 3.66 with four saves in 218 appearances, with 216 strikeouts in 211 1/3 innings.
Carpenter said he had interest from several teams but chose the Rays based on the situation and opportunity.
He made it clear he did not expect to be looking for work, having been released by the Braves March 5.
"I'm very, very surprised by it,'' he said. "Just especially the stuff I was told back in November when I initially signed, which is what helped me sign kind of early with them. They said come in, show yourself again and we'll have a spot for you.
"But, evidently, something over there changed. I'm not really sure what. I think their idea is to kind of try and go younger right now. They have a bunch of Rule 5 guys they're trying to hang on to without losing. So at the same time, I'm thankful that I did get the opportunity to come over here, and that I was given the opportunity to try and do this. I'm just looking forward from here. Not looking back to see what's happening. I'm looking to go forward from here.''
The Rays planned to have Carpenter throw a bullpen session in Port Charlotte on Friday and then evaluate when he would be ready for game action.