Braves sign another David Carpenter

Out with one David Carpenter and in with another.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Kansas City Royals

David Carpenter pitched three innings for the Angels last season. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

A Braves official confirmed to our Braves beat writer David O’Brien on Saturday night that the team signed relief pitcher David Carpenter, but not the one they traded on New Year’s Day. This David Carpenter pitched some for the Angels last season.

The Braves traded a relief pitcher by the same name to the Yankees on Jan. 1 for one-time highly rated prospect Manny Banuelos, a left-handed pitcher.

072114 braves CC27The Angels designated their Carpenter for assignment Aug. 2 and outrighted him to Triple-A three days later. He later became a free agent, and the Braves signed him to a minor-league contract.

The Braves’ new David Carpenter is a Texan who measures 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds and turned 27 on Sept. 1. In parts of three big-league seasons he made 30 appearances, all in relief, and is 1-2 with a 5.23 ERA. In 43 innings he struck out 29 and walked 19.

The Braves’ old David Carpenter is a West Virginian who’s a good bit larger. He goes 6-2 and 230 and turns 30 on July 15.

That Carpenter has shown more in the majors, too. He’s pitched 188 games in four seasons, with 201 strikeouts and 65 walks in 186 2/3 innings.

Maybe before the summer ends, the Braves will have David Carpenter pitching out of their bullpen again.

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